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Washington Agreement Bosnia

They say it`s spring in Sarajevo. A lot of people are on the street. There is no shooting. The tram – number 6 – runs from Novo Sarajevo to Skenderija. I was also told that the agreement automatically ended the war between the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ROC. When they heard that the agreement had been signed, soldiers from both sides, along the front line in the Gornji Vakuf region, laid down their weapons, left their trenches and moved closer. Today, in Sarajevo, Generals Roso and Delia implemented the final clause of their agreement to establish a joint command of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ROC for the transition period. There will soon be an ROC office working with the army headquarters of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I expect that the army and the ROC will soon conduct joint military operations. Maybe in the region of Eepe and Maglaj.

That night, Granié sent me a message saying that he had accepted Steve Bubalos` invitation for a dinner that Bubalo wants to host for both delegations. Steve, Ivankovic and Radielovie will come from the west coast just to attend this dinner. This testifies to their desire for the homeland and their desire to put an end to this stupid war as soon as possible. These people need these little pleasures: we should talk to them and give them hope. In their minds, they are still somewhere in Bosnia or in the middle of the rocky landscape of Herzegovina. Your heart jumps a beat again when you mention these kinds of places. After all, they gave up peace and comfort and risked their lives to come to our assembly in Sarajevo. Fra Ivan Bubalo, a member of the HNV , [Croatian National Council], came to Washington at my invitation. I have already planned a trip to the United States to visit our refugees and our immigrant communities. We need to explain to our citizens the heart of the agreement that we are working on and which we will certainly sign. I wanted to do it with Fra Ivan, and I was happy when he showed up just before the reception.

No one knew him. Excited by the atmosphere, I was quick to introduce it to everyone — to our people, to the Americans and to our hosts. When I introduced him to Zubak, there was a short pause in the handshake and initiations. Fra Ivan looked at me with great perplexy and said, „But we already know each other.“ Zubak whispered something I didn`t catch when we disappeared into the crowd. Later, when we were sitting at the table, Fra Ivan explained that he knew Zubak at the time of communism, when he was questioned at the court of Doboj, where Zubak was president, when he was a young theologian. „They didn`t leave me alone. Every summer, when I went home, they tormented me. What`s he doing here? Fra Ivan asked confused. (I was also confused because I didn`t know anything about Zubak.) In general, the atmosphere was very pleasant during dinner.

Tonight, fra Ivan and I ended our tour with a forum in a Hilton Auditorium. As in Toronto, the audience came from different ethnic backgrounds. People were interested in the peculiarities of the agreement and the future of the two peoples and the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There were very few provocations and misunderstandings during this tour. Toronto was particularly impressive because a thousand people had gathered there. They say the Croatian Community Centre room has not been as full since Tusman`s visit. We couldn`t get to the stage. The whole room was decorated with Croatian national symbols. I told the organizers that there was no biH flag, that I was part of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that they should at least put the flag for the duration of the forum.

They said it was impossible because they did not have a biH flag. Such a crowd had gathered that one could hardly pass by the door.