By 2nd Lt. Bruno Ménard
First published in
SFOR Informer#117, July 11, 2001
A new success for OP Harvest. June 29, over 670
weapons were destroyed in a factory located in Zenica, near the
Turkish Battalion Task Force camp. This time, it was a demonstration
of the commitment of the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina
to support OP Harvest.
Zenica - The operation Harvest, which is a programme
to encourage civilians to turn in illegal weapons throughout the
country, is going well. As an example, Armed Forces in Bosnia
and Herzegovina collect on a regular basis large amounts of arms.
June 29 in Zenica (Federation, Canton 4), they conducted, with
the assistance of SFOR, weapons destruction at a steel mill.
the destruction, the arms were set out in rows on the floor, among
pipes and machines of the former factory. Amongst the numerous
weapons were 183 SKS rifles, 82 AK 47 Kalashnikov, 20 shotguns
and four flame-throwers. A good crop, in itself. Then the arms
were conveyed by a crane into a gigantic steel machine, which
flattened them in a dreadful noise. Subsequently, there was nothing
left but a heap of crushed metal, and therefore unusable and unreclaimable.
It was then melted into a fiery molten mass. Lt.Col. Tomislav
Basevic (Republika Srpska Army, VRS), Maj. Vlado Blazanovic (Federation
Army, VF), Capt. Boris Celic (Bosnian-Croat component of the Federation
Army, VF-H) and Mr. Ivo Veselcic (Deputy Minister for Logistics
in the Federation Ministry of Defence), in co-ordination with
MND-N, attended this event, covered by many local media.
A safer place for everyone
Boris Radic, one of the officers in charge, said confidently about
this weapon destruction: "it is good because we are going
to secure the country. The people realise we have a true peace."
And he added, without hesitation: "there is no need to have
weapons at home." Besides, SFOR whose mission is continuous
support to this kind of operation, is fully pleased with the level
of co-operation that AF in BiH showed. In fact, without the hard
work and the level of professionalism of the all armed forces,
this programme would not have been successful.
Every weapon that is turned in and destroyed indeed creates a
safe and secure environment for all citizens of BiH. And it is
important for the population to co-operate and support the efforts
of all the involved forces, in order to make this country a safer
place for everyone.
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