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Born: 1941-02-27
Profession: Politician
Nation: British
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People do not want politicians they know to be corrupt.

Tags: Corrupt

The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society.

Tags: Failure, Greatest, Society

I am here because I think it was a terrible sin of the west to allow those years of war.

Tags: Here, Terrible, War

I can create institutions, but I can't rewrite the chips in people's heads.

Tags: Chips, Create, Heads

I can establish the expectation of retributive justice. Have we done that? No.

Tags: Done, Establish, Justice

I don't think Bosnia is ready for reconciliation, but I do think it is ready for truth.

Tags: Bosnia, Ready, Truth

I was told there would be riots in the streets, but there were no riots.

Tags: Riots, Streets

I've had much nastier things said about me in the British press than in the Bosnian press.

Tags: British, Press, Said

It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.

Tags: Foolish, High, Worked

It's not my job to be popular. I'm goal-driven; my job is to get results.

Tags: Job, Popular, Results

Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace.

Tags: Politics, State, Yourself

Politics is compromise.

Tags: Compromise, Politics

We have invented a new human right here - the right to return home after a war.

Tags: Home, Human, War

What my future will not be is active politics in the Liberal Democrat party.

Tags: Future, Liberal, Politics

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.

Tags: Anger, Become, Cannot

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.

Tags: Board, Meet, Week

I love this country, I love these people, though I can't say I love their politicians. People are always nicer than politicians, but here, you can mark that difference up a hundredfold.

Tags: Country, Here, Love

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.

Tags: Bad, End, War

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.

Tags: Both, Cannot, Change

Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.

Tags: Attention, Criticism, Though

My second job has been to try to use my power to create institutions of a modern state that could enter the European Union, and there was very little time. The door was closing, and I wanted to get Bosnia through before it shut.

Tags: Job, Power, Time

The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this. The less generous way is to say: How was it possible to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?

Tags: Less, Politics, Possible

We have to make their livelihoods viable, get them the proper prices for their produce, try and make them stay rather than sell their property and leave again.

Tags: Again, Rather, Try

We who came here saw what was happening. This was far more than a war in a faraway place. This was a moral imperative, a terrible vision of the future.

Tags: Future, Place, War

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