To mark the 15th anniversary of the negotiation of the Dayton Peace Accords, the Mayor of Sarajevo Dr. Alija Behman and Deputy Mayor Miroslav Zivanovic traveled to Dayton to help commemorate the occassion. Their tour of Dayton, created by the Dayton Sister Cities Committee, included a visit to Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Friday morning.
John Marshall, CJ principal, and Tony Ricciuto, teacher and moderator of the school's Junior Council on World Affairs greeted the dignitaries and accompanied them to a few classrooms where they met with students, faculty and staff.
"It was fun to see the mayor interact with the students and speak in German with the kids in our foriegn language classes," Riccuito said. As a committee member for Dayton Sister Cities, Riccuito was instrumental in bringing the mayor in to meet and talk with students of the downtown Catholic high school.
Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and became a Dayton Sister City as a direct result of the Peace Accords in 1995. The eastern European capital, with a population of just under 300,000, is home to two Catholic schools itself.
After their stop at CJ, the two men were to be recognized during a banquet Friday evening at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and will participate in a discussion forum on US policy Saturday, Nov. 6, titled “Dayton Peace Accords: The First 15 Years,” held in the University of Dayton’s Kennedy Center Ballroom.
"It's a credit to the City of Dayton and the government officials who organized these events in commemoration of this special anniversary," Riccuito said.
In 1995, the Dayton Peace Accords put an end to a three and a half year-long conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina known as the Bosnian War. After numerous attempts at peace, the Accords were initiated on November 12, 1995 at Wright-Patterson’s Hope Hotel in Dayton, Ohio and signed into agreement on December 14, 1995 in Paris, France.