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H.Res. 520 (107th): Congratulating Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 10th anniversary of its independence.

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 10, 2002 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. RES. 520

Congratulating Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 10th anniversary of its independence.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Mr. GILMAN submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


Congratulating Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 10th anniversary of its independence.

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina declared its independence on March 1, 1992, was recognized by the United States on April 6, 1992, and became a member of the United Nations on May 25, 1992;

Whereas during the 10 years since the recognition, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina have made significant steps to overcome the legacy of the radical political forces hostile to coexistence of multiethnic society and persevered in building a democratic society, based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a free market economy, as shown by the results of the democratic elections held in November 2000;

Whereas the United States has supported the sovereignty, legal continuity, and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina within its internationally recognized borders and also reaffirms its support for the equality of the 3 constituent peoples and others in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a united multiethnic country, according to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina and associated Annexes negotiated in Dayton, Ohio, and signed in Paris on December 14, 1995 (commonly referred to as the ‘Dayton Peace Agreement’);

Whereas the people and the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina share the democratic values of the international community and the responsibility to uphold them, actively promoting democratic principles in international relations and in the functioning of international organizations;

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina, cooperating on the basis of partnership and solidarity, committed to the common values of security and democratic stability by declaring the commencement of the process of joining the Partnership for Peace program of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO);

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina is a reliable friend and ally of the United States, actively contributing to the stabilization of South Eastern Europe; and

Whereas Bosnia and Herzegovina immediately positioned itself within the antiterrorism coalition of nations, sharing the common interests and values of the free and democratic world: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

      (1) commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for the significant progress it has made during the past decade, the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement and implementation of the Constituent Peoples’ Decision of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and encourages its democratic orientation and the further strengthening of respect for human rights, the rule of law, and a free market economy;

      (2) supports the aspirations of Bosnia and Herzegovina to become a member of the Partnership for Peace, welcomes the commitment to Partnership of Peace membership declared by the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and affirms the importance of the earliest possible fulfillment of the Partnership for Peace membership requirement of the creation of a joint military command of the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina;

      (3) encourages continuous contributions of Bosnia and Herzegovina toward (A) speeding up the return process, and (B) bringing peace, stability, and prosperity to the region of South Eastern Europe, including by intensifying its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in particular with regard to surrendering war crime indictees;

      (4) reaffirms the importance for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina of its successful participation in the European integration process, welcomes significant improvement of the overall mutual cooperation among the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and strengthening cooperation within the region as a whole, which is important for long-lasting peace and stability in South Eastern Europe;

      (5) encourages the strengthening of Bosnia and Herzegovina state institutions, which will enhance the rule of law and foster additional foreign direct investment, thus advancing its economic recovery and development; and

      (6) recognizes the important role of the Bosnia Herzegovinian-American community in the further improving of bilateral relations between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina.