Foreign diplomats in Bosnia met at the EUFOR Headquarters in Camp Butmir, at the invitation of Commander EUFOR, Major General Anton Waldner. The meeting was attended by Heads of Mission from EU countries in Bosnia, headed by the European Union Special Representative Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.
Ambassadors and diplomatic staff from nineteen nations received briefings on the security situation, the mine action system in Bosnia and particularly on the Ammunition, Weapons and Explosives Masterplan developed by EUFOR and the international community. The plan, owned by the Bosnian defense ministry, assigns EUFOR a leading role in the coordination of efforts to reduce the amount of dangerous surplus ammunition, weapons and explosives in Bosnia.
Major General Waldner said: “EUFOR – as a part of the European Union’s comprehensive approach – is focused on supporting and working together with BiH authorities in maintaining a safe and secure environment. As a member of the EU Heads of Mission Meeting in BiH, it is EUFOR’s role to provide information for the overall assessment and particularly on relevant security aspects for the international community.”
EUFOR ALTHEA, currently comprising soldiers from fourteen EU member states and five partner nations, works closely with the Bosnian defense ministry, conducting capacity building and training for the Bosnian armed forces with the objective of enhancing their self-sustained ability to assist the local population and contribution to international peace support operations.