Records contained in S-1835 document political coordination and negotiation led by the Co-Chairmen of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia (ICFY) with former Yugoslav leaders in partnership with the European Community, United Nations agencies, and intergovernmental organizations. The records also document the Co-Chairmen’s internal discussions with high-level officials in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).
S-1835 contains records of the ICFY’s Steering Committee, which was established at The London Conference held on 26-27 August 1992. Records of the Steering Committee consist of: reports on Steering Committee meetings for ICFY internal use; briefs delivered by the Co-Chairmen; memoranda regarding membership of the Committee; letters to the Co-Chairmen from representatives of foreign countries; and lists of delegates attending meetings. Also included are records relating to the Coordination Body for the Implementation of the Vance-Owen Peace Plan and the Arbitration Commission.
Other records concern working groups created by the ICFY, including: the Working Group on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Working Group on Confidence and Security-Building and Verification Measures, the Economic Issues Working Group, the Working Group on Ethnic and National Communities and Minorities, the Humanitarian Issues Working Group, the Mostar Working Group, and the Working Group on Secession Issues. Meetings often were conducted at the ICFY Secretariat at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Attendees included: representatives of United Nations agencies and Member States; ambassadors and government representatives; and delegations of former Yugoslav republics. Records of working groups consist of: programme agenda; lists of meeting attendees; discussion papers related to the meeting agenda; statements delivered by the Co-Chairmen and by meeting attendees; and summaries of meetings and periodic reports on the activities of working groups.
S-1835 also contains summaries of Co-Chairmen’s meetings held in Geneva with representatives of governments of the former Yugoslavia. Additionally, there are summaries of meetings that took place during the Co-Chairmen’s visits to the former Yugoslavia to meet with political leaders. Also included in S-1835 are the personal subject files of Co-Chairman Cyrus R. Vance and Deputy Co-Chairman Herbert S. Okun.
Also included in S-1835 are records pertaining to the development of peace agreements, constitutional agreements, ceasefire agreements, and economic agreements brokered by the ICFY. Among these are: the Invincible Plan of July and August 1993; constitutional agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating from 1993 and 1994; the Washington Agreement of 1994; the Economic Agreement of 2 December 1994; the Agreement on the Krajina, Slavonia, Southern Baranja and Western Sirmium of 1994 and 1995; and the Dayton Agreement of 1995. Records include: draft and final agreements; briefs and outlines for proposed changes to agreements; hand-marked maps depicting areas in the former Yugoslavia; and correspondence about the agreements.
In addition, there are files pertaining to countries in the former Yugoslavia. These primarily hold code cables exchanged between: the Co-Chairmen; the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG); and Kofi Annan, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at United Nations headquarters in New York. Also included in country files are internal documents produced by the ICFY Co-Chairmen and their advisors, such as: talking points; working papers; draft agreements; and briefs on political and military developments in regions. Additionally, there are letters between the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and government representatives, including: the President of the Republic of Serbia Slobodan Miloševic; the President of Republika Srpska, Dr. Radovan Karadžic; the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic; the President of the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna, Mate Boban; and the leader of the Autonomous Province of Western Bosnia, Fikret Abdic.
Additionally, S-1835 contains: draft reports prepared by the Co-Chairmen on the activities of the ICFY and submitted to the Security Council; summaries of meetings between United Nations officials and representatives of UNPROFOR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the North Atlantic Council (NAC); briefs written by the Co-Chairmen and sent to the SRSG on developments in the peace process with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); periodic reports on the activities of the ICFY’s Mission to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) undertaken in 1995 and 1996; memoranda prepared by the Legal Advisor to the ICFY about matters concerning the administration of Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the European Union and the United Nations; briefs on the implementation of sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), authored by the Co-Chairmen and sent to the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; periodic situation reports issued by the Sanctions Assistance Missions Communication Centre (SAMCOMM) of the European Union’s European Commission; press statements issued by the Co-Chairmen of the ICFY; and petitions and appeals urging cessation of conflict in the region, sent to the ICFY from non-governmental organizations and individuals.