On 24 January 2013 the Commander of EUFOR, Major General (MG) Dieter HEIDECKER, accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Colonel Fatih ILHAN, was visiting the Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) in Travnik and Zenica. Both teams are composed of members of the Turkish Contingent of EUFOR and their great hospitality was felt throughout the day.
After having been briefed about the current situation in their area of responsibility by the members of LOT Travnik, the guests were invited to take a small tour around Travnik, a town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, 90 km west of Sarajevo, which is famous for having a rich cultural heritage. The tour also included a short walk to Travnik Castle, also known as fortress Kaštel, in the old town sector. The members of LOT Zenica also provided an outstanding briefing regarding their day-to-day work and then gladly took advantage of the possibility to exchange their views with COM EUFOR in a relaxed atmosphere. Zenica is the fourth-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located about 70 km north of Sarajevo, situated on the Bosna River and surrounded by a mountainous and hilly landscape. The town's old quarter also contains several attractions, including a former synagogue, dating from 1906, the town mosque, an Austrian fountain and an old bey's farm house, just to mention a few.