On 28th and 29th October 2009 COM EUFOR Major General Castagnotto was on a two-days visit to the north of BiH, in the area of activities of the Regional Command Center (RCC) 1, under Command of Lt Col Jan Van Den Doll.
On the first day Major General Castagnotto and DCOM EUFOR, Brigadier General Jose Carrasco, accompanied by their staff paid a visit to the Liaison Observation Team (LOT) house in Drvar where they were welcomed by LOT Commander, Captain Gerard Verresen , who briefed them on the current activities and the on-going cooperation with local institutions.
COM EUFOR thanked all the personnel of LOT House for their hospitality and their thorough briefing which demonstrated their clear understanding of their area of activity.
In the afternoon of the same day a representative of the Historical Office of EUFOR HQ, Muhidin Tutic, was in charge of the WWII battlefield tour of Drvar. Valuable lessons on the airdrop operation from May 1944 were learned by the attendees, thanks to the thorough hystorical research done by Mr. Tutic.
The following day, 29th October 2009, COM EUFOR and DCOM EUFOR visited the LOT House in Cazin, where they were received by the Romanian military personnel. The Commander of the LOT, Major Teodorescu welcomed COM EUFOR and his staff, than introduced the LOT personnel before giving a briefing to the visitors. The presentation provided an update of the present situation together with an insight of the LOT activities.
Second step was the visit of LOT House in Prijedor. LOT Commander, Captain Alejandro Martin gave a warm welcome to the distinguished guests. The LOT Commander briefed them on the LOT house activities. At the end of the meeting Major General Castagnotto thanked the LOTpersonnel for their hospitality and praised the members of the Team for their motivation.
The final step was the visit of the concentration camps from the 1992-1995 war in Prijedor, Omarska and Keraterm. Discovery of the camps by the media had a big impact on the public opinion in the Western countries and was among the factors that prompted the International Community to establish the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
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