Text of the General
in Paris, France.
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republika Srpska (the "Parties")
have agreed as follows:
Agreement on Civilian Implementation
Article I: High Representative
- The Parties agree that the implementation of the civilian aspects of the peace settlement will
entail a wide range of activities including continuation of the humanitarian aid effort for as long
as necessary; rehabilitation of infrastructure and economic reconstruction; the establishment of
political and constitutional institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina; promotion of respect for
human rights and the return of displaced persons and refugees; and the holding of free and fair
elections according to the timetable in Annex 3 to the General Framework Agreement. A
considerable number of international organizations and agencies will be called upon to assist.
- In view of the complexities facing them, the Parties request the designation of a High
Representative, to be appointed consistent with relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions, to facilitate the Parties' own efforts and to mobilize and, as appropriate, coordinate
the activities of the organizations and agencies involved in the civilian aspects of the peace
settlement by carrying out, as entrusted by a U.N. Security Council resolution, the tasks set out
Article II: Mandate and Methods of Coordination and Liaison
- The High Representative shall:
- Monitor the implementation of the peace settlement;
- Maintain close contact with the Parties to promote their full compliance with all civilian
aspects of the peace settlement and a high level of cooperation between them and the
organizations and agencies participating in those aspects.
- Coordinate the activities of the civilian organizations and agencies in Bosnia and
Herzegovina to ensure the efficient implementation of the civilian aspects of the peace
settlement. The High Representative shall respect their autonomy within their spheres of
operation while as necessary giving general guidance to them about the impact of their
activities on the implementation of the peace settlement. The civilian organizations and
agencies are requested to assist the High Representative in the execution of his or her
responsibilities by providing all information relevant to their operations in Bosnia-
- Facilitate, as the High Representative judges necessary, the resolution of any difficulties arising in connection with
- Participate in meetings of donor organizations, particularly on issues of rehabilitation and
- Report periodically on progress in implementation of the peace agreement concerning the tasks
set forth in this Agreement to the United Nations, European Union, United States, Russian
Federation, and other interested governments, parties, and organizations.
- Provide guidance to, and receive reports from, the Commissioner of the International Police
Task Force established in Annex 11 to the General Framework Agreement.
- In pursuit of his or her mandate, the High Representative shall convene and chair a
commission (the "Joint Civilian Commission") in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will comprise
senior political representatives of the Parties, the IFOR Commander or his representative, and
representatives of those civilian organizations and agencies the High Representative deems
- The High Representative shall, as necessary, establish subordinate Joint Civilian
Commissions at local levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- A Joint Consultative Committee will meet from time to time or as agreed between the High
Representative and the IFOR Commander.
- The High Representative or his designated representative shall remain in close contact with
the IFOR Commander or his designated representatives and establish appropriate liaison
arrangements with the IFOR Commander to facilitate the discharge of their respective
- The High Representative shall exchange information and maintain liaison on a regular basis
with IFOR, as agreed with the IFOR Commander, and through the commissions described in
- The High Representative shall attend or be represented at meetings of the Joint Military
Commission and offer advice particularly on matters of a political-military nature.
Representatives of the High Representative will also attend subordinate commissions of the
Joint Military Commission as set out in Article VIII(8) of Annex 1A to the General Framework
- The High Representative may also establish other civilian commissions within or outside
Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate the execution of his or her mandate.
- The High Representative shall have no authority over the IFOR and shall not in any way
interfere in the conduct of military operations or the IFOR chain of command.
Article III: Staffing
- The High Representative shall appoint staff, as he or she deems necessary, to provide
assistance in carrying out the tasks herein.
- The Parties shall facilitate the operations of the High Representative in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, including by the provision of appropriate assistance as requested with regard to
transportation, subsistence, accommodations, communications, and other facilities at rates
equivalent to those provided for the IFOR under applicable agreements.
- The High Representative shall enjoy, under the laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina, such legal
capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of his or her functions, including the capacity to
contract and to acquire and dispose of real and personal property.
- Privileges and immunities shall be accorded as follows:
- The Parties shall accord the office of the High Representative and its premises, archives, and
other property the same privileges and immunities as are enjoyed by a diplomatic mission and
its premises, archives, and other property under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic
- The Parties shall accord the High Representative and professional members of his or her
staff and their families the same privileges and immunities as are enjoyed by diplomatic agents
and their families under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
- The Parties shall accord other members of the High Representative staff and their families
the same privileges and immunities as are enjoyed by members of the administrative and
technical staff and their families under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Article IV: Cooperation
The Parties shall fully cooperate with the High Representative and his or her staff, as well as
with the international organizations and agencies as provided for in Article IX of the General
Article V: Final Authority to Interpret
The High Representative is the final authority in theater regarding interpretation of this
Agreement on the civilian implementation of the peace settlement.
Article VI: Entry into Force
This Agreement shall enter into force upon signature.
For the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
For the Republic of Croatia
For the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
For the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
For the Republika Srpska