|LOT Crew Banja Luka with COS EUFOR|
On 20th November 2010, COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa, visited two Liaison and Observation Teams (LOT) houses in the Area of Responsibility of Regional Coordination Center (RCC) West. The Romanian LOT houses in Cazin and Banja Luka in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina were on his schedule.
Following the introduction to the personnel and a look at the facilities he received a short briefing on the local situation. The visit ended after a short tour of the operational area and Brigadier General Giesa thanked the LOT house teams for their excellent preparation and hospitality.
|EUFOR Troops on Parade.|
On 18th November 2010, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of Operation Althea and NATO HQ Sarajevo for a further 12 months. COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, said “We will continue to work closely with the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure a safe environment for the peoples of the country.”
Following the peaceful conduct of the recent General Election EUFOR has undertaken a planned reduction in forces with approx 1,600 troops from 27 EU and non-EU nations now stationed in the country. Under UN Security Council Resolution 1948 (2010) the mission retains its executive function and is able to deploy considerable reserve forces to the area at short notice, a facility that will shortly be rehearsed again.
COM EUFOR said “I also look forward to continuing the Training and
|DCOM EUFOR (right) being briefed by OR-6 Schwendtbauer on vehicle drills|
|COMEUFOR (centre) with members of the Military Diplomatic Corps|
|Group Photo of DCOM, Director BHMAC and School Director with other EUFOR staff and Pupils|
In his speech General Nagy said how important EUFOR sees the Mine Risk Education as a way of reducing the casualties experienced in the country. Whilst the numbers of casualties is reducing already this year 4 people have been killed in mine accidents.
The 20 students and staff, including participants from all across Southeast Europe and 2 from the USA, were welcomed by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Günter Giesa, before being briefed on the History, Mandate and Operation of the EUFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina by his staff officers.
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