By Cpl. Nicolas Girault
First published in
SFOR Informer#114, May 30, 2001
The Canadian Battle Group took over control of
the two main Weapon Storage Sites (WSS) in its area of responsibility.
In Kupres (Federation, Canton 10) a company of the 3rd Battalion
from the Royal Canadian Regiment and a mortar platoon from Tomislavgrad
now assure the site security.
Kupres - On May 16, when he saw several "Grizzlys"
(Canadian armoured personnel carrier) in front of the Kupres camp,
a soldier from the Federation Army (VF) said, "SFOR is finally
taking over the control of the site"
The Parachute Company, A Squadron, 24th Field Squadron and a mortar
platoon entered - at the same time - in two Weapon Storage Sites
(WSS) located in Livno and Kupres. Swiftly and without violence,
the operation was carried out at the request of the Federation
Defense Ministry; the ministry was not sure about the loyalty
of some of its men. These measures are not permanent ones. SFOR
has only to secure the sites during a transitional period; a chain
of command able to carry out these duties will be soon re-established.
A re-organised site
Kupres, "we didn't know if soldiers were loyal or not, so
we asked them to leave," explained Maj. Don Hoisell. Soldiers
gave the keys to the Canadians and gave them indications about
minefields in the area before leaving. Local authorities (municipal
and police) and the population were kept aware about SFOR's action
by radio messages.
"Last month we brought equipment, weapons and ammunition
from Tomislavgrad, Glamoc and - in part - Livno," the major
continued. Sites were re-organised and improved to make the VF-H
soldiers' task easier. Moreover, it was put under the Canadians
check, just as in Bugojno by the Dutch.
barracks back to a good state
"As far as comfort is concerned, it could be better - they
lived in awful conditions!" said Pvt. Alexandre Laroque.
At the moment, new WSS occupants are cleaning and refurbishing
the barracks, within their capabilities.
Hoisell explained that they want to return the barracks to the
Bosnian-Croat soldiers in a better state than they found them.
"We don't know how long we will stay here, a couple of days
or few months," he said.
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