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Please read these Terms of Use using owned and operated by Ashdown Capital. This agreement documents the legally binding conditions related to the use of the site. Finally, after limited Serb shelling, the international community stopped the war, when the Bosnian and Croatian armies turned the page and forged a peace in Dayton, which divided Bosnia into two “units”, the Republika Srpska and a precarious Muslim and Croatian “federation”. “It was a great deal to end a war, but it was a very bad deal to form a state,” Ashdown says. “From now on, we have to separate ourselves from Dayton and try to build a modern democratic state for which I have tried to lay the groundwork.” Ashdown took over an authority compared to that of a medieval pope. He enjoys – and has benefited from it – enacting broad powers, dismissing politicians, judges and those he wants. “It`s in a way an anachronism,” he says, “a power that should make a liberal blush. And from the outside, I think it`s legitimate to see it that way; It`s scary to have so much power. But actually, it`s not like my job, and it would be a stupid high representative who worked like that. Ashdown has been criticized for “absolutism,” but the reality, he says, is that he works with strict diplomatic constraints and accountability before the whimsical body he represents, called the “international community.” “I am formally responsible to the ICP Steering Committee,” he says – in particular the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Russia – and I meet with nine ICP ambassadors every week.

I have to have the broad support of the (national) capitals with what I do. Sometimes when I have 70% of them behind me, I will continue with a decision. I even had a message that threatened to sever diplomatic relations with me. “I am also responsible for the Bosnian people,” he adds. If I pass a decree that is rejected, my authority has disappeared like the morning dew. The rest of the project`s history can be followed elsewhere. Instead of a coalition, a joint advisory committee was set up between the two parties to discuss issues on which there has already been an agreement in principle, such as decentralization or reform of the House of Lords in the first phase; it was then extended to European issues. It is difficult to assess what the committee has accomplished, if at all, and it was largely abandoned by Charles Kennedy on the eve of the 2001 election.