§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the status of the agreement between Muslims and Croats within Bosnia-Herzegovina that has been negotiated under United States auspices, whether this "agreement" binds in any way the United Nations/European Union/United States/ Russian Group which is currently in operation or any of its members, and whether the rules of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe on boundary changes now apply.
§ The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)
The Washington Accord, or Agreement, which has led to the formation of the Bosnia/Croat Federation, was signed by representatives of both communities in Geneva on 13th May. The Accord is binding only on the two parties. Nevertheless we, along with our EU partners, warmly welcome it as an important step towards finding a peaceful settlement. As the Federation will remain within the existing borders of Bosnia Herzegovina, the CSCE provisions on boundary changes are not relevant to this Accord.