By Cpl. Sébastien Pisani
First published in
SFOR Informer#111, April 18, 2001
Busovaca - Multinational Division - Southwest (MND-SW)
assisted the VF-H April 6 in Vitez and Busovaca, where two weapon
storage sites were not guarded to SFOR's standard.
At 3 p.m. SFOR temporarily took control of Vitez and Busovaca
sites (canton 6), where the 3rd Division and the 3rd Brigade of
the motorised guard are based. "We are not supposed to ensure
the surveillance of weapons belonging to Armed Forces in BiH.
We had to find a solution," said Maj. Van der Waal. All arms
stored in Vitez and most of those in Busovaca were transferred
to a third site guarded by VF-H soldiers. "The operation
took place at night. Its accomplishment was not a problem because
we had accurate lists on the type and the quantity of armament,
which we were supposed to find. About 20 lorries and about six
hours were needed to empty the stores," said Van der Waal
said. On Saturday April 7, at the sunrise, the work was completed
and weapons were again in the hands of the VF-H.
presence in Busovaca of an another barracks, where some pieces
of artillery are notably stored, pushed the MND-SW command to
keep a close watch over the first site. Dragoons of the 3rd Royal
Canadian Regiment, normally based in Zgon, came to lend a hand
to the soldiers of the 44th Mechanised Battalion. Two Canadian
Coyotes and a Dutch armoured vehicle permanently guarded the perimeter
and made sure that no one entered without authorisation. Six men,
near a Coyote with canvas stretched out, sipped warm coffee during
the long operation.
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