Washington, March 25 (RFE/RL) - A senior U.S. official says the
implementation of the Bosnian peace accord has led to an improvement
in human rights conditions in the former Yugoslav republic.
Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for human rights John Shattuck
said today that a lot of work remains to be done in Bosnia, but he
contends that, "the miracle of everyday life is slowly, steadily
returning to Bosnia."
He spoke to reporters in Washington today to review the results of
an international conference on human rights in Bosnia that met in
Vienna earlier this month.
Shattuck says the Vienna roundtable, as the conference was named,
was a significant event. He says it made progress is many areas.
Participants, he says, agreed on the continuing need to put an
international "spotlight" on rights abuses; to secure commitments to
human rights compliance from the peace accord signatories; to build
institutions of justice and to continue isolating indicted war
Shattuck says a "terrible human rights catastrophe," lies at the
heart of the conflict in bosnia.