EU Force Bids Farewell to Deceased Serviceman

Members of the European stabilization force in Bosnia joined the mission’s Chief of Staff and Slovak officials for the repatriation ceremony of a Slovak serviceman who died this week.

Major Peter Pavlovský, who worked as a EUFOR personnel and finance staff officer, was suddenly taken ill at Camp Butmir, Sarajevo on Wednesday morning. Despite the efforts of EUFOR medical specialists and local hospital staff, he died later on Wednesday.

Repatriation ceremony took place at Sarajevo International Airport

An aircraft from Slovakia flew to Sarajevo International Airport for the repatriation on Friday morning. A short final farewell ceremony took place at the airport attended by the Minister of Defense of the Slovak Republic, Peter Gajdoš; the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, General Milan Maxim; and the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Bosnia, Martin Kačo.

They were joined by EU Special Representative Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark; COS EUFOR Brigadier General József Szpisják; Brigadier General Mirsad Ahmić from the Bosnian Armed Forces; Bosnian Assistant Defense Minister Zoran Šajinović; Brigadier General Robert A. Huston from NATO HQ Sarajevo, and military personnel from all 19 EUFOR nations and the Bosnian Armed Forces.

COS EUFOR posthumously awarded Major Pavlovský the European Union Common Security and Defense Policy Medal “Althea” in recognition of his service in Bosnia.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones he leaves behind,” said COS EUFOR.

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