Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Dedicates New Embassy Compound and Robert C. Frasure Street

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October 12, 2010
Secretary Clinton Dedicates New Embassy and Frasure Street in Sarajevo

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dedicated the new Embassy Compound and Robert C. Frasure Street in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on October 12, 2010. Secretary Clinton said, "I believe that this new building, with its innovative design and its location in the heart of Sarajevo, is a fitting symbol of the friendship between our two countries. And I want to thank all of the people from both countries who worked so hard to build it.

"The friendship between our nations began with your independence nearly two decades ago, and so did our shared sacrifice in the name of peace. In 1995, during the siege of Sarajevo, three Americans lost their lives trying to make their way into the city to take part in peace talks. Today, we honor the memories of Robert Frasure, Joe Kruzel, and Nelson Drew, and we re-dedicate ourselves to the cause for which they died, the cause of peace, stability, prosperity in Europe."

The Secretary continued, "Ambassador Frasure and his colleagues came here to help end the conflict that claimed so many thousands of lives. They were determined to get to the peace negotiations, but the main road was blocked. Rather than give up, they decided to take the Mount Igman route, despite its risks. That decision was one of great courage and selflessness, but it was not an isolated incident. It was part of America's enduring commitment to a Europe that is free, whole, and secure, a commitment that stretches from the First World War to the Second, the Cold War, and the Balkan Wars. It is also a commitment that spans generations of Americans. Joe Kruzel's father was a flying ace who shot down four Nazi fighter planes in the skies over Europe during World War II, and after the war Nelson Drew's father served in a U.S. Army peacekeeping unit stationed in Germany.

"Half a century later, that same commitment to peace led to the Dayton Accords. We believed then, as we do now, that the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies in the heart of an integrated and democratic Europe. And we stand ready to help you achieve our common goal, a Bosnia and Herzegovina that is firmly anchored in the European Union and NATO."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.

You can follow the Secretary's travel here.

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