We all heard and saw on our radios and televisions
on Tuesday the unfolding horror of the terrorist attacks on the
United States of America. The extent of the death and destruction
is not yet fully known. So many are wounded, so many grieve, and
so many are still missing.
Only those who were there really know of the misery and terror.
The rest of us can only guess at their distress. To the wounded
and the grief-stricken, we send our sympathy. We hope our prayers
will touch them so that they know they are not alone in their
suffering at this terrible time.
The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina understand the suffering
only too well. The horrors of war and terrorism are known to them;
few here have been untouched in the past decade.
We in SFOR are determined to continue our mission to maintain
stability in BiH. The essential operational activities of patrolling
and guarding will not be interrupted, and we will continue our
regular meetings and consultations at every level. We will not
be diverted from the vital task of contributing to a safe and
We have, of course, re-assessed the security situation and we
have raised some security levels. These actions are merely prudent
steps taken in response to the attacks in the United States.
It is vital at such a time that we act with a unity of purpose,
and we have been reassured by the many calls we have received
expressing sympathy for those who suffer. These messages are deeply
appreciated, as is the unity they represent.
In closing, we want to reassure everyone that SFOR's determination
to carry on with its mission is firm and unyielding.
Lt. Gen. John Sylvester, commanding
Related link: Statement by
the North Atlantic Council