THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
U.S. and EU Assistance to Bosnia
The United States and European Union have been leading partners in helping rebuild and bring long-term peace to Bosnia-Herzegovina. The U.S. and EU are the major donor countries to the reconstruction effort and coordinate closely to ensure that assistance reaches those who need it. In late 1995 and early 1996, the U.S. participated in two successful donor coordination meetings hosted by the EU and the World Bank. At those meetings, donors pledged over $1.8 billion for reconstruction costs for 1996, including approximately $282 million from the U.S. and $718 million from the EU. The U.S. supports the EU and World Bank plans to host a donors' conference in late February or early March to raise funds for 1997. We expect the U.S. and EU to be leading donors in 1997 as well. In addition to assistance for reconstruction, the U.S. and EU countries have been working together for long-term peace in Bosnia in other ways as well, including helping the OSCE to organize Bosnia's first democratic elections, contributing international police monitors to the International Police Task Force, jointly pressing the parties to live up to their Dayton commitments, and serving as the leading troop contributors to IFOR.
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