LONDON, 22 November — Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has reiterated Britain’s commitment to support reform that improves the lives of citizens and reconciliation in Bosnia, Herzegovina and across the wider Western Balkans.
According to a statement from the Foreign Office for Commonwealth and Development (FCDO) issued here on Saturday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab recalled the victims of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the commemoration of the Dayton peace agreement.
Foreign Office, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP The Secretary Secretary, Dominic Raab said ”, Today we remember the victims of the bitter
conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and celebrating 25 years of peace. I personally know from my time in The Hague, to those who are responsible for this dark chapter in European history, how important it is to help rebuild the countries concerned. “
Raab said the UK had played a key role in supporting the necessary reform to improve the lives of the country’s citizens, including helping them with the legacy of the war.
“The progress that citizens want to see is often thwarted by those who benefit from fear and division,” he noted.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also called on the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina to set aside divisive rhetoric and renew efforts to focus on a peaceful future and democratic rights for all.
“Twenty-five years ago today, Dayton peace agreements were agreed in Dayton, Ohio, marking the end of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina and paving the way for peace and democracy in the country,” he said.
The agreements, Raab said, were formally signed in Paris on December 14. About 100,000 people died in the 1992-1995 conflict, tens of thousands
victims of sexual violence, and more than 1.8 million people have been displaced ”.
The United Kingdom has now said it is providing £ 80 million annually in support of peace and stability in the region and has put in place a number of initiatives to support civilian-led reform.
He added that this included the digitalisation of government services, the promotion of an independent media, the professionalisation of the armed forces and the support of war crimes.