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Distributed November 22, 1995
Contact: Richard Morin

A report from the Dayton peace talks

Bosnian ambassador-at-large to discuss peace prospects for the Balkans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- In his first public address since participating in the Balkan peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Nedzib Sacirbey [neh-JEEB SAH-sur-bee], ambassador-at-large for the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, will discuss the peace process in the Balkans, the United Nations' role in Bosnia, and the importance of preserving Bosnia as a unified nation during a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on the Brown campus. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Sacirbey's visit was arranged by the Brown Muslim Students Association with co-sponsorship from the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Jewish Student Union, Brown-RISD Hillel, Committee for Global Peace, Third World Center and the Third World Coalition.

Editors: Sacirbey will be available to reporters at approximately 5 p.m. in Maddock Alumni Center, immediately after his arrival on the Brown campus. Please call the News Bureau for details: 401/863-2476.

Dr. Nedzib Sacirbey

Sacirbey, a medical doctor, has represented his country at diplomatic functions in the United States and around the globe. In 1991, Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic made Sacirbey his personal representative to the United States. Three years later, in 1994, Izetbegovic appointed him ambassador-at-large for the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sacirbey has also served as a close advisor to Izetbegovic, as well as to Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic and to his own son Muhammed, who serves as minister of foreign affairs. (Sacirbey's younger son, Omer, serves as Bosnia's representative to the United Nations.)

Prior to becoming ambassador at large, Sacirbey was a member of the Bosnian delegation to the Conference of the Organization of Islamic States in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also attended the Congress of the Party of Democratic Action in 1991. Sacirbey organized Izetbegovic's visit to the United States and Canada in 1990.