As EUFOR continues to assist the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with a 100% inventory of surplus ammunition by providing expertise and assistance, four semi-permanent structures, so-called ATCO Fold-A-Way Buildings, and generators, have recently been sourced from the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) for delivery to Ammunition Storage Sites (ASS) in BiH by using EUFOR and KFOR assets. Those structures will be used in order to ensure that the 100% inventory can continue year-round irrespective of the weather conditions.
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Over the last decade, the United Nations Security Council has adopted seven resolutions on women, peace and security - highlighting some of the particular impacts of armed conflict on women and calling on states and UN institutions to ensure the full inclusion of women and their needs and perspectives in peace-building. UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 particularly recognizes the negative impacts that armed conflict has on women and the underlines the importance of contributions that women can make to peace, security and reconciliation.
On 13 November, the Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC) in cooperation with EUFOR opened a conference on Gender in the Security Sector of BIH. The aim of the conference, which will take place over two days, is to ‘Strengthen the Gender Perspective within the security sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina’. The conference was opened with statements from Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, BIH Minister of Defense, Major General Dieter Heidecker, the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Anto Jeleč, Chief of the Joint Staff of the AF BiH and Lieutenant Colonel Rob Tomlinson MBE the UK Defense Attaché.
On 31 October 2013 a EUFOR team led by the Chief of Staff (COS) of EUFOR, Brigadier General József Szpisják played in a friendly football competition with the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH).
Members of EUFOR personnel visited the AF BiH 4th Infantry Brigade to play in the long awaited indoor football competition. The idea for this event was initiated during the last NCO day which was held at Capljina in September where the Headquarters of AF BiH 4th Infantry BDE is located.
The OP COM EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff during his speech
On 9th October 2013 the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to BiH and the Minister of Defence of BiH signed an agreement to commence a project to upgrade security at selected ammunition and weapons storage sites at the Dom Armije in Sarajevo. The Project ‘SECUP’ (Security Upgrade) has been funded by the Governments of Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Attendees at the signing ceremony were addressed by the Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Fletcher M. Burton, the BiH Minister of Defence Mr. Zekerijah Osmić, and several members of the International Community including the Operational Commander of EUFOR General Sir Richard Shirreff.
|Preparation of the hand grenade bundles by Hungarian EUFOR EOD|
On 28 August 13, the Hungarian EUFOR EOD Team destroyed 120 hand grenades (URG-86) at the demolition site Kalinovik.
The entire operation was carried out in close cooperation with the Republika Srpska Civil Protection Agency and Kalinovik Police Station.
Page 1 of 16