|COM EUFOR Major General Bernhard Bair and his Excellency Mr. Tom Brady, Ambassador of Ireland to Bosnia and Herzegovina|
On the 27th January 2011 His Excellency Mr. Tom Brady, Ambassador of Ireland to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia returned to Camp Butmir to mark the rotation of the Irish Contingent serving in EUFOR.
During an Office Call with COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, he was updated on the current status of the operation. The General praised the contribution that the outgoing contingent had made to EUFOR and fully expects the new contingent to maintain their high standards.
|The crew of LOT Bugojno.|
On the 26th January 2011, COS EUFOR, Brigadier General Günter Giesa took off from ARCHER BASE, Camp Butmir and headed for Regional Coordination Center (RCC) West for two Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) House visits. A short 20 minute flight, in beautiful wintry weather conditions, brought him to the LOT House in Travnik.
The LOT House Commander, Captain Frans Leijtens from the Netherlands, welcomed the Chief of Staff and introduced his team. Captain Leijtens then briefed COS on the current situation in the LOT’s Area of Responsibility and their main areas of activity. Before his departure Brigadier General Giesa visited the stronghold of Travnik, which was built in 1503.
|His Excellency Jan Braathu (L) and COM EUFOR|
|The Swiss Ambassador and COM EUFOR on the balcony of the Mostar LOT House.|
On 20th January 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, joined Dr André Schaller, the Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, on a visit to the new Swiss Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) house in Mostar.
The Swiss contingent took over the manning of two LOT houses late last year and this was the first visit of the Ambassador to witness the work that they are undertaking. The teams are based in Mostar and Trebinje.
Ambassador Schaller said “I am impressed by the community work of our Swiss citizen soldiers. Our soldiers come from different language groups and they are a good example on how results can be achieved by dialogue and mutual respect. I am proud that Switzerland contributes to the international effort for stability and progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
|COM EUFOR (5th from left) outside LOT Ilidza.|
On 19th January 2011, COM EUFOR, Major General Bair, visited the Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) House in Ilidza. The LOT commander welcomed COM EUFOR and introduced the LOT personnel to Major General Bair.
The subsequent briefing provided an informative update on the current activities of the Liaison and Observation Team.
Over the years the EUFOR contingents have developed warm and professional relations with their neighbours and the local authorities and the LOT Houses form a vital part of maintaining situational awareness across the country.
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