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  • Politics is compromise.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • It was a superb agreement to end a war, but a very bad agreement to make a state. From now on, we have to part company with Dayton and try to build a modern democratic state, for which I have tried to lay the foundations.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I was told there would be riots in the streets, but there were no riots.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • We are not there yet, but I'd be disappointed if in two years' time there was not some movement towards truth as a precursor to reconciliation.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I am here because I think it was a terrible sin of the west to allow those years of war.
    (Paddy Ashdown)


  • A very small bunch of corrupt politicians believe that allowing Radovan Karadzic to stay at liberty is more important than this country having a future in NATO and peace for its citizens.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • Bosnia is under my skin. It's the place you cannot leave behind. I was obsessed by the nightmare of it all; there was this sense of guilt, and an anger that has become something much deeper over these last years.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • It's not my job to be popular. I'm goal-driven; my job is to get results.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I am formally accountable to the steering board of the PIC, and I meet with nine ambassadors from the PIC every week. I have to have the capitals' broad agreement with what I do.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • Ten years after Dayton, that these two primary architects of these appalling crimes should still be free is a failure on all sides.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I shall go home now. You have to know when your time is up. I knew that with the Liberal Democrats, and I know that now, in Bosnia.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I am absolutely delighted that the international community has chosen Schwarz-Schilling to be my successor. He knows this country, he loves this country... and I cannot think of nobody better to take on this job.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
    (Paddy Ashdown)

  • I don't think Bosnia is ready for reconciliation, but I do think it is ready for truth.
    (Paddy Ashdown)


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