- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials will ask students both in Dayton and a European capital to develop a logo design for the 20th anniversary of an international peace agreement worked out in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton Peace Accords at 20 Committee says the contest for high school students in Dayton and Sarajevo (SAIR’-ah-yay-voh) will begin early next year. There are also plans for a policy conference, a community reception and a black tie event around the anniversary next November.

There will be a closing event at the Hope Hotel and Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The late Holbrooke was the longtime U.S. diplomat who brokered multi-sided negotiations that led to the peace accords on Bosnia in 1995. The talks were at the base near Dayton.

The agreement is celebrated each year in Dayton with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards, with the lifetime achievement award named for Holbrooke.

“The negotiation of the Accords in the Dayton region back in 1995 was an historic achievement for the countries involved,” said Matt Joseph, a Dayton city commissioner who co-chairs the Peace Accords at 20 committee with commissioner John McCance. “In Dayton, we also count it as a great moment in our history. We plan to use the occasion of the 20th anniversary to look back at what happened here and to discuss its ongoing effects on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region, and the world.”

McCance recalled that Daytonians at the time tried to support the negotiators and their Air Force hosts, sending pizzas and potato chips, holding peace vigils, writing letters and putting up schoolchildren’s art work at the negotiations site.

“It was noticed, it was important, and it is something we should never forget,” McCance said recently.

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