Looking back to first JMC
By Capt. Jesus Campuzano
First published in
SFOR Informer #77
The JMC was established in 1995, in the Dayton Peace Agreement (Annex 1A, Article VIII), as the central body for all parties to bring any military complaints, questions, or problems that require resolution by the Commander of IFOR (now SFOR) regarding the implementation of the military parts of the agreement.
On Dec. 21, 1995, D+1 day of the Joint Endeavour Operation, US Admiral Leighton W. Smith, commander of the Implementation Force (IFOR) chaired the first meeting of the Joint Military Commission (JMC). That meeting was attended by the commanders or deputy commander of the three warring factions (Bosnian-Croats, Bosniaks, and Bosnian-Serbs), and also by the High Representative and the Commander of the ACE Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). The main aim of that meeting was to establish the JMC structure to help implement military aspects of the peace agreement, and let them know that IFOR was not UNPROFOR and was authorised to use force to ensure compliance.
A privileged eyewitness of that day was British Lt. Gen.
Mike Willcocks, today, SFOR Deputy Commander for Operations. "It
might sound optimistic. It's because I came here in 1995 as the Chief
of Staff in IFOR, and interestingly, into this hotel and we set it up.
At that stage, the armies were in trenches or in buildings and still
firing at each other. There were hundreds of thousands of men under
arms in this country. When we implemented the immediate aftermath of
Dayton, the issues were of compliance, and all three sides were trying
to avoid compliance - were trying to gain advantage, were trying to
cheat against the various provisions of Dayton.
Related Link: DCOMOPS, British Lt. Gen. Mike Willcocks