The civilian side of implementing the Dayton peace agreement, for which Carl Bildt is responsible, is indeed more disparate than the military side, as Dr Bellamy observes. It involves subjects which range from co- ordinating economic reconstruction and human rights activities to reinforcing the independent media and promoting political co-operation between different groups. The goals and the deadlines are necessarily less precise and quantifiable than those for military implementation. Re-creating civil society out of the bitter aftermath of war is bound to be a more complex and long- term task than disengaging the armies - difficult as that is. It is therefore misleading to suggest that the civilian and the military arms of the operation are somehow in conflict or in competition. We have an outstandingly good partnership with I-For on the ground. Our tasks are different and complementary and will continue to be so - whatever happens at the turn of the year.
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