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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 16, 1995


President Clinton today met with President of Croatia Franjo Tudjman, President of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina Kresimir Zubak, Federation Vice President Ejup Ganic and Member of the Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina Tatjana Ljujic-Mijatovic. The President dropped by a meeting that the visiting leaders were having with National Security Adviser Anthony Lake, United States Representative to the United Nations Madeleine Albright, Deputy National Security Adviser Samuel Berger and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs Richard Holbrooke, to mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Washington Accords that established the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The President also met privately with President Tudjman in the Oval Office.

Recalling that one year ago he had hosted the ceremony in Washington where the first steps were taken to restore hope and peace to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the President noted that the Washington Accords had ended the bitter fighting between Bosnia's Muslims and Croats. The establishment of the Federation demonstrated that a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy was still possible in that war-ravaged country.

The President also extended his personal appreciation and admiration to President Tudjman for his recent agreement to work on a mandate for a new UN force that will help avoid the renewal of war in Croatia and a widened conflict in the region.

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