EUFOR Operation Commander General Sir James Everard visited Bosnia this week to see various elements of the mission. He was greeted on arrival by Commander EUFOR Major General Anton Waldner and an Honor Guard outside the HQ Building in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. After meeting key HQ personnel, he had office calls with COMEUFOR and Commander NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Giselle Wilz, to discuss the situation in Bosnia from their perspective.
In Banja Luka, General Everard and Major General Waldner visited two of EUFOR’s Liaison and Observation Teams in the city, one manned by Chilean soldiers and the other by Romanian. General Everard said he was very keen to see the LOT Houses, of which there are 17 across the country, and that he was very impressed by the small teams living in the community. He stated that he had seen enough during his visit to convince him that they have a very good understanding of the local situations where they live.
At the ammunition storage site in Krupa, the General was welcomed by Major General Husein Tursunović, the Commander of the Support Command of the Bosnian Armed Forces. General Everard then received comprehensive briefings from Colonel Rusmir Mrković, the Commander of the Logistics Command, and Colonel Martin Trachsler, EUFOR’s Special Ammunition and Weapons Adviser, about the successes in that storage site.
On the last day of his visit, the Operation Commander met with EUSR Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark and was introduced to the Heads of Mission meeting where he witnessed a presentation of the political report of the EU HoMs on the political situation in Bosnia.