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The original document of the Dayton Peace Agreement, missing since 2008, was uncovered on Tuesday by authorities in Pale, an East Sarajevo municipality in the in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Dayton Agreement was a peace accord reached by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and what remained then of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to end the three-year Bosnian War in 1995, after extensive negotiations in Dayton, Ohio.
On October 31, police acted on a tip received during a criminal investigation, discovering the original Dayton Agreement in English at an undisclosed location in Pale.
Darko Ilić, Chief of the Organized and Serious Crime Unit confirmed this for regional N1 news network, saying that “After receiving [the information] we got a court order, performed a search and handed [the document] over to the court and that’s that.”
Ilić added that, aside from confirming the discovery and originality of the document, police were unable to share any more information at this time, due to an ongoing criminal investigation.
The original document of the agreement went missing from the archive of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in February 2008. The following year, the French Foreign Ministry issued a certified copy of the Dayton Agreement to the French embassy in Sarajevo and this copy was later transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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