By 1Lt Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#104, January 10, 2001
Sarajevo- The Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson
visited Bosnia and Hercegovina December 21, for a one day tour
of Sarajevo and Mostar. During his visit, he met SFOR troops,
and held meetings with the Tri-Presidency and other political
working day began at the German Battle Group Camp in Rajlovac
at 08:00 hours. Received by the Commanding Officer, Col. Hans
Robert Gareissen, Lord Robertson attended a deployment simulation
by the Cougar Platoon in their Fuchs Armoured Personnel Carrier
and Luchs Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle.
Platoon is part of the Rapid Reaction Unit of the German Battle
Group, a mixed Light Infantry and Reconnaissance Company commanded
by Capt. Renko Siegman. The goal of the exercise was the rescue
of two SFOR hostages captured by agitators, the arrest of the
latter and their transfer to the Military Police.
on the itinerary was Tito Barracks, where the party was received
by Col. Gianfranco Beraldo, Commanding Officer of the Italian
Battle Group formed from the 14th Alpini Regiment (mountain troops)
from the Julia Brigade (usually stationed in Udine, Friuli) and
other support units. After a briefing on the unit and the situation,
a static display was given of the Alpini's weapons, vehicles and
equipment. On display were such vehicles as the VM-90 armoured
car, the Hagglunds BV-206 tracked vehicle for snow, and the Centauro
armoured cavalry vehicle of the Lanceri di Novara Cavalry Regiment.
his time with SFOR, Lord Robertson held meetings with the Tri-Presidency
and with two political leaders, Mr. Zlatko Lagumdzija, from SDP
(Social Democratic Party) and Mr. Mladen Ivanic, from PDP (Party
of Democratic Progress). This was followed by a Press Conference
at the Coalition Press and Information Centre (CPIC).
Lunch at HQ SFOR was followed by a flight to Mostar where he was
received by Maj. General Robert Meille, Commander Multinational
Division South East. The Secretary General visited the HQ, and
afterwards held a meeting with local civic leaders.
Nations of SFOR: Germany,