5 Mar. 1998

Council statement on Croatia

The North Atlantic Council remains committed to full implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With respect to the return of refugees and displaced persons, we call on Croatia to promote and allow their return to their places of origin in Croatia and throughout the region.

The North Atlantic Council fully supports Ambassador Guldimann's efforts as Head of the OSCE Mission to Croatia, including with respect to the resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.

Allies are deeply concerned by the speech by the President of Croatia on 21st February which contradicts both the letter and the spirit of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The North Atlantic Council reminds Croatia of its obligations under the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina and related agreements, the respect of which will be critical for the development of relations between NATO and Croatia.

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