Despite the success of the peace talks and the elation of diplomats who had worked sixteen and eighteen hour days for the last three weeks, Christopher predicted that an "immense effort" will be required to implement the accord. That sentiment was echoed by Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, who spearheaded the team which brought the parties to the negotiating table and who had not spoken publicly since the negotiations began on November 1. "We started fourteen weeks ago. It seemed like 14 years ago," said Holbrooke. The veteran diplomat admitted that the enmities among the parties were "still raw." "We have taken a huge step forward," said Holbrooke, "but ahead lies an equally daunting task."