Ambassador Tony Hall awarded Dayton Peace Prize

Tony Hall Dayton Peace Prize Winner

DAYTON — Dayton native, Ambassador Tony Hall, was awarded this year’s Dayton Peace Prize by the Dayton Peace Accords Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Committee.

Twenty years ago today, the Bosnian War ended when the warring parties signed the Dayton Accords at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Hall, then a Dayton congressman, was instrumental in bringing the accords here, what was a neutral and secure site.

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“We will always be a place where there was a horrific war in Bosnia, where it ended, not by the destruction of weapons, but by the power of diplomacy,” Hall said.

“And when secretary of state, Warren Christopher, signed the treaty, he said ‘People will look back on Dayton and say this is where parties chose peace over war, dialogue over destruction and reason over revenge.’”

Hall becomes the sixth recipient of the Dayton Peace Prize and said he’s truly honored. Previous recipients include Bishop Desmond TuTu and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.