In 1992 David Owen was appointed the EU Co-Chairman of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, working alongside the UN’s Co-Chairman, Cyrus Vance. The papers collected here provide fascinating primary source material and an insider’s account of the intense international political activity at that time, which culminated in the Vance-Owen Peace Plan (VOPP).
At a time when the international community is looking again at whether and how the Dayton Accords and the 1995 division into two entities should be adjusted in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Owen highlights elements of the VOPP which are of continuing relevance and which can guide political debate and decisions in 2012 and thereafter. Sadly, Bosnia-Herzegovina is still deeply divided, a direct consequence of not imposing the VOPP. The book reminds the international community and the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina that a unified structure for their country is still achievable.
Lord David Owen was a Member of Parliament for 26 years, serving as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. From 1992-95 Owen served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia working alongside the UN appointed peace negotiator, Cyrus Vance. Together they co-authored the Vance-Owen Peace Plan.
Chronology of Events
List of Acronyms and Terms
Accompanying papers 1.1-1.12
2. Negotiating with Three Parties
Accompanying papers 2.1-2.45
3. All-Party Direct Peace Talks
Accompanying papers 3.1-3.30
4. Negotiating in and around the Security Council
Accompanying papers 4.1-4.49
May 31, 2013