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Dayton Peace Accords at 20
Former President Bill Clinton among those participating in three-day event looking back at the tenuous peace deal.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords
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This week Dayton will recognize the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia-Herzogovina in 1995.  For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports events in the area will include a visit by former President Bill Clinton.

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Richard Campbell got interested in the Dayton Peace Accords when he visited Croatia for the first time a few years ago. He learned his cousin’s husband, Kico Gegic, had been a child soldier in Croatia in the early 90s. And the ongoing battles in the region terrorized Kico’s family.

"A mortar shell hit his apartment building and one of his brothers was killed, and he found that brother. Who was I think 17 at the time."

Two other brothers died:  one was shot, the other killed himself. Campbell, who’s half-Croatian, is also the head of the journalism department at Miami University. They’re hosting a one-day conference Wednesday including a panel with Kico Gegic and other survivors of the wars in what used to be Yugoslavia.

And, a three-day event in Dayton will dig into the tenuous peace created in the region by the Dayton Accords. Guests include the Mayor of Sarajevo, the Minister of foreign affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and of course Bill Clinton, whose administration oversaw the negotiations. He’ll speak at a private luncheon Thursday.

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