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November 26, 1995
. Vreme News Digest Agency No 217

God Bless Bosnia-Herzegovina

by Radenko Udovicic

Judging by the TV and radio programs during theD-Day night, this state is already united; for a full 10 hours, on the night of Tuesday-Wednesday, all the TV stations that can be seen in Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Pale, Banja Luka, Mostar, Belgrade, Zagreb) showed the same thing; CNN's coverage of Dayton and the White House.

But it's still a long way to a peaceful and reintegrated Bosnia. The unity on the air just showed that the War Lords and the people who decided to stop them were outside Bosnia. It seems that the people, at least in Sarajevo, were mostly happy. After President Izetbegovic returned from Dayton he said that even the suburb of Grbavica, which the media reported was to stay in Serb hands, was given to the Federation and it seemed that a sense of normal life is returning. Sarajevo residents had almost lost all hope of that after three years of war. The siege had become an everyday thing.

Emir Habul, a commentator in Sarajevo's Oslobodjenje daily, said the biggest winner in Dayton is Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. "He did an excellent job when solving the Serb issue in his country and his spirit will float over a large part of Bosnia too," he said.

The one sure thing is that the peace plan will mean the end of Bosnia-Herzegovina as we know it. It remains unclear whether the agreement means a new state on new foundations or its division. Both options stand an equal chance and no one can predict what will happen. Perhaps it's better that way because any other way would not give peace a chance.

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