By 1Lt. Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#107, February 21,
Sarajevo - It is just another busy morning in Dobrinja,
a Sarajevo suburb. Streets are crowded. Everyone has something
to do. Market is open, and people are shopping. They have hardly
noticed that a joint German-Italian patrol in two light vehicles
is crossing through them.
This is as a result of the process of arbitration that is being
carried out in Dobrinja. The boundary between the Federation and
the Republika Srpska agreed in GFAP, Annex 2, known as IEBL (Inter
Entities Boundary Line), runs directly through three apartment
blocks in this quarter, beside the airport, and the attempts to
find a solution for this dispute have remained unsuccessful.
The High Representative, Mr. Wolfgang Petritsch, decided then
to appoint an Arbitrator "To provide a fair and impartial
adjudication between the parties in the matter under dispute"
in the person of Mr. Justice Diarmuid P. Sheridan, an Irish judge.
These arbitration hearings began on February 13 and are to last
for three months.
SFOR has started Operation "Robust Hedgehog", to reinforce
its presence in the quarter to guarantee a safe and secure environment
and freedom of movement. Though Dobrinja is located in the German
AOR (Area of Responsibility), the Italian Battle Group is also
involved, as well as Military Police Forces from the French MP
Coy at Rajlovac and the MSU (Multinational Specialised Unit).
Everyday, joint German-Italian or German-French patrols, always
in light vehicles, runs through Dobrinja. "Everything is
very quiet", says 2Lt. Andrea Dal Vecchio, Italian Army,
who is patrolling with members of his platoon along with German
soldiers, led by 2Lt. Dominik Scharf. "Because this operation
runs in the German AOR, the German officer is in charge of the
joint patrol" says 2Lt. Dal Vecchio.
Jasko Spahic, German Army, today carries out the translation tasks.
"I was born in Germany, but my parents are from Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
They emigrated thirty years ago," says the 21 years old Corporal.
Led by him, an on foot patrol enters the market, and begins to
talk to the civilians.
Normality rules in Dobrinja. But, during the arbitration procedure,
SFOR will permanently be observant, to guarantee peace and security
in the quarter, as in the rest of the country.
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