BRCKO: On 8 March 1999, the Supervisor of Brcko put into force the Statute of the Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), resolving the last major disputed area remaining after the signing of the GFAP. A multi-ethnic governing body and a multi-ethnic police force are now in place. To make this political resolution possible, the Armed Forces (AF) in BiH, under SFOR supervision, disbanded or relocated all their military units in the District, collected and destroyed all small arms, and ensured compliance with an Instruction to Parties concerning military transit.
Milestone Towards Peace
Following detailed and lengthy consultation with the BiH
AF in November 1999, COMSFOR issued a final decision on how de-militarization
was to be achieved. A key factor in making this decision was the initiative
by the Tri-Partite-Presidency to reduce the size of the BiH AF by some
15 % by the end of 1999. Each of BiH Armed Forces destroyed an equivalent
amount of weapons. "The cooperation shown by the
Forces is seen as a significant example of their commitment to a peaceful
solution to the Brcko de-militarisation," said then COMSFOR, Lt.
Gen. Ron Adams.
Three main stages of de-militarisation