Bill Clinton speaks at 20th anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords

Bill Clinton speaks at UD for Peace Accords anniversary

Former President Bill Clinton started his remarks in Dayton today by offering his condolences to Bosnia for the two soldiers shot and killed, and a third injured, on Wednesday.

“It’s worth noting the man who shot them had a history of mental illness and a brother in Syria,” Clinton said.

The U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia Maureen Cormack was also in the audience.

Clinton also thanked Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley for welcoming him. Clinton joked he’d finally finished reading a biography on the Wright brothers.

“I remember thinking 20 years ago, going to Dayton, our odds of success were about as good as theirs (Wright brothers) was,” Clinton said.” The Wright brothers surprised us.”

Clinton also thanked the family of late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whom was instrumental in the Peace Accords.

“He was the most gifted diplomat the U.S. produced in the entire Cold War era,” Clinton said. “We wouldn’t be here without his skills, determination and uncanny ability to read everyone he encountered.”

Clinton called it “fascinating and deeply encouraging” that folks are still interested and actively participating in panels on the Peace Accords.

“There’s still a lot of work to do to reap the full promise of Dayton,” Clinton said. “In winner-take-all politics … our common humanity matters more.”

Clinton said the elected leaders in Bosnia have to take the lead on continued work to improve the country.

“Still for too many people they believe every tomorrow will be like yesterday,” Clinton.

In reference to the terrorist attacks against Paris, Clinton said he cheered the country today when he read news of the death of the purported ring leader in the attacks.

“The Internet has been the greatest instrument of economic empowerment… and most effective modern device for destructive forces,” Clinton said in reference to terrorists. “Every citizen has the capacity to bring us together while others are trying to tear us apart.”


Former President Bill Clinton is expected to appear at the University of Dayton’s River Campus today for a luncheon address and it’s possible there could be traffic issues around the venue on Patterson Blvd.

Clinton is the keynote speaker for the Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Conference luncheon and was one of the key players in helping bring the end to the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which cost 100,000 lives and drove two million people from their homes.

The events come on the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which were finalized Nov. 21, 1995 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Hope Hotel.

Clinton’s arrival and departure times have not been announced, however motorists travelling in the area of UD’s River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., could possibly see traffic pattern changes when the 42nd President of the United States arrives and departs.

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