- Title: GERMANY: ONE-DAY CONFERENCE ON BOSNIA OPENS IN BONN
- Date: 18th December 1995
- Summary: BONN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 18, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION (RTV) - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV EXT. PETERSBERG, WHERE CONFERENCE BEING HELD/VARIOUS ARRIVALS, POLICE CAR ESCORT (4 SHOTS) 0.33 2. SLV GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER KLAUS KINKEL ARRIVING/SV SAYING "TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DISARMAMENT. IT WOULD BE POINTLESS TO REBUILD THE COUNTRY AND RE-ARM AT THE SAME TIME." (2 SHOTS) 1.05 3. SLV/PAN RUSSIAN DELEGATION ARRIVING (2 SHOTS) 1.23 4. SV CROATION FOREIGN MINISTER MATE GRANIC AND YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER MILAN MILUTINOVIC AT RECEPTION PARTY 1.38 5. SLV PANS FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER HERVE DE CHARETTE ARRIVING 1.54 6. GV/VARIOUS PHOTO-CALL (4 SHOTS) 2.27 7. SV CAMERAMEN (2 SHOTS) 2.37 8. GV/VARIOUS MINISTERS SITTING AT TABLE PRIOR TO SESSION (9 SHOTS) 3.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: BONN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Duration: 00:03:35
- Story Text: Delegates from 31 countries opened a one-day conference in Bonn on Monday aimed at finding ways to get Bosnia's Croats, Moslems and Serbs to start cutting back their deadly arsenals.
The conference hopes to prevent a renewed outbreak of war by having the former enemies reveal military secrets like the number and location of their heavy weapons, sites of arms factories and plans for military training.
The meeting, due to lay down guidelines for further arms control negotiations, probably in Vienna, heard an urgent appeal from German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel that the Dayton peace accord could not succeed if all sides stayed heavily armed or rearmed their forces.
"Nobody will accept it if the international community makes enormous efforts to help rebuild the destroyed countries and these countries start an arms race at the same time," he said. The Dayton peace accord stipulates that the Bosnian republic and its constituents -- the Moslem-Croat federation and the Serb-run part of the country -- should put their military cards on the table by the end of January.
Following the London conference on rebuilding Bosnia and the Paris signing of the Dayton treaty, the gathering is Bonn's chance to bask in the glow of the peace process.
The Bonn conference is only meant to work out initial guidelines. The detailed task of disarmament will then be handed over to disarmament experts at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.
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