Appendix B to Annex 1A
Agreement Between the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Concerning the
Status of NATO and its Personnel
The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have agreed as follows:
- For the purposes of the present agreement, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereunder assigned to
- "the Operation" means the support, implementation, preparation and participation by NATO and NATO personnel in a peace
plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina or a possible withdrawal of U.N. Forces from former Yugoslavia;
- "NATO personnel" means the civilian and military personnel of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with the
exception of personnel locally hired;
- "NATO" means the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, its subsidiary bodies, its military Headquarters and all its
constituent national elements/units acting in support of, preparing and participating in the Operation;
- "Facilities" mean all premises and land required for conducting the operational, training and administrative
activities by NATO for the Operation as well as for accommodations of NATO personnel.
- The provisions of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 13 February 1946 concerning
experts on mission shall apply mutatis mutandis to NATO personnel involved in the Operation, except as otherwise provided
for in the present agreement. Moreover NATO, its property and assets shall enjoy the privileges and immunities specified
in that convention and as stated in the present agreement.
- All personnel enjoying privileges and immunities under this Agreement shall respect the laws of the Republic of Bosnia
and Herzegovina insofar as it is compatible with the entrusted tasks/mandate and shall refrain from activities not
compatible with the nature of the Operation.
- The Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina recognizes the need for expeditious departure and entry
procedures for NATO personnel. They shall be exempt from passport and visa regulations and the registration requirements
applicable to aliens. NATO personnel shall carry identification which they may be requested to produce for the authorities
of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina but operations, training and movement shall not be allowed to be impeded or
delayed by such requests.
- NATO military personnel shall normally wear uniforms, and NATO personnel may possess and carry arms if authorized to
do so by their orders. The authorities of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall accept as valid, without tax or
fee, drivers' licenses and permits issued to NATO personnel by their respective national authorities.
- NATO shall be permitted to display the NATO flag and/or national flags of its constituent national elements/units on
any NATO uniform, means of transport or facility.
- NATO military personnel under all circumstances and at all times shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of
their respective national elements in respect of any criminal or disciplinary offenses which may be committed by them in
the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. NATO and the authorities of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall assist
each other in the exercise of their respective jurisdictions.
- As experts on mission, NATO personnel shall be immune from personal arrest or detention. NATO personnel mistakenly
arrested or detained shall immediately be turned over to NATO authorities.
- NATO personnel shall enjoy, together with their vehicles, vessels, aircraft and equipment, free and unrestricted
passage and unimpeded access throughout the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina including airspace and territorial waters
of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This shall include, but not be limited to, the right of bivouac, maneuver,
billet, and utilization of any areas or facilities as required for support, training, and operations. NATO shall be exempt
from providing inventories or other routine customs documentation on personnel, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, equipment,
supplies, and provisions entering, exiting, or transiting the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in
support of the Operation. The authorities of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall facilitate with all appropriate
means all movements of personnel, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, equipment or supplies, through ports, airports or roads
used. Vehicles, vessels and aircraft used in support of the Operation shall not be subject to licensing or registration
requirements, nor commercial insurance. NATO will use airports, roads and ports without payment of duties, dues, tolls or
charges. However, NATO shall not claim exemption from reasonable charges for services requested and received, but
operations/movement and access shall not be allowed to be impeded pending payment for such services.
- NATO personnel shall be exempt from taxation by the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the salaries and emoluments
received from NATO and on any income received from outside the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- NATO personnel and their tangible movable property imported into or acquired in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
shall also be- exempt from all identifiable taxes by the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, except municipal rates for
services enjoyed, and from all registration fees and related charges.
- NATO shall be allowed to import and to export free of duty or other restriction equipment, provisions, and supplies,
necessary for the Operation, provided such goods are for the official use of NATO or for sale via commissaries or canteens
provided for NATO personnel. Goods sold shall be solely for the use of NATO personnel and not transferable to other
- It is recognized by the Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina that the use of communications channels
shall be necessary for the Operation. NATO shall be allowed to operate its own internal mail and telecommunications
services, including broadcast services. This shall include the right to utilize such means and services as required to
assure full ability to communicate, and the right to use all of the electro-magnetic spectrum for this purpose, free of
cost. In implementing this right, NATO shall make every reasonable effort to coordinate with and take into account the
needs and requirements of appropriate authorities of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall provide, free of cost, such facilities NATO needs for
the preparation for and execution of the Operation. The Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall assist
NATO in obtaining, at the lowest rate, the necessary utilities such as electricity, water and other resources necessary
for the Operation.
- Claims for damage or injury to Government personnel or property, or to private personnel or property of the Republic
of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall be submitted through governmental authorities of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina to
the designated NATO Representatives.
- NATO shall be allowed to contract direct with suppliers for services and supplies in the Republic of Bosnia and
Herzegovina without payment of tax or duties. Such services and supplies shall not be subject to sales and other taxes.
NATO may hire local personnel who shall remain subject to local laws and regulations. However, local personnel hired by
- be immune from legal process in respect of words spoken or written and all acts performed by them in their official
- be immune from national services and/or national military service obligations;
- be exempt from taxation on the salaries and emoluments paid to them by NATO.
- NATO may in the conduct of the Operation, have need to make improvements or modifications to certain infrastructure of
the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina such as roads, utility systems, bridges, tunnels, buildings, etc. Any such
improvements or modifications of a non-temporary nature shall become part of and in the same ownership as that
infrastructure. Temporary improvements or modifications may be removed at the discretion of the NATO Commander, and the
facility returned to as near its original condition as possible.
- Failing any prior settlement, disputes with regard to the interpretation or application of the present agreement shall
be settled between the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and NATO Representatives by diplomatic means.
- The provisions of this agreement shall also apply to the civilian and military personnel, property and assets of
national elements/units of NATO states, acting in connection to the Operation or the relief for the civilian population
which however remain under national command and control.
- Supplemental arrangements may be concluded to work out details for the Operation also taking into account its further
- The Government of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina shall accord non-NATO states and their personnel
participating in the Operation the same privileges and immunities as those accorded under this agreement to NATO states
- The provisions of this agreement shall remain in force until completion of the Operation or as the Parties otherwise
- This Agreement shall enter into force upon signature.
Done at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on November 21, 1995 and
at ________________on_____________, 1995.
For the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina:
For the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation: