Edition 137
April 25, 2002

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North Atlantic Council visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) visited BiH on 18 and 19 April 2002. The NAC is the senior decision-making body of NATO, comprising of the 19 NATO permanent representatives and the Secretary General. During the visit, the NAC met COMSFOR, the Bosnian Tri-Presidency and members of the International Community.

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NATO Secretary General speaks to SFOR

 

"I am visiting the NATO-led Peace Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina this week, along with members of the North Atlantic Council. Our main aims are: to see for ourselves progress on the ground throughout the country, and to review SFOR's structure and size," said Lord George Robertson.

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The International Commission on Missing Persons

 

Tuzla - There are an estimated 40,000 persons missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a legacy of the 1992-1995 war. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) assists families, regardless of their ethnic or religious origins, in determining the fate of loved ones lost during this conflict.

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A new suspension footbridge

 

Djajici - The French Engineer Platoon belonging to the French Battle Group built a suspension footbridge over the Neretva River in April. This bridge will join the villages of Dajici (on the left bank) and Spiljani (on the right). Time on the road will be reduced by more than an hour; getting from one village to the other will now take less than a quarter of an hour.

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MSU trains Slovenians and Romanians

 

Camp Butmir - The IPTF located a person indicted for war crimes. The PIFWC was hiding in a house and the neighbourhood men, who were protecting him, began to riot. The IPTF alerted the MSU, requesting assistance with the mission. That was the scenario of a training exercise to certify new assets, a Slovenian and a Romanian platoon.

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Team-spirit keeps helicopters airborne

 

Velika Kladusa - The Canadian helicopter detachment is based in Velika Kladusa, at the very north-western end of Bosnia and Herzegovina, only a few kilometres away from Croatia. As part of Multinational Division South-West, it provides the Division with air mobility with their home-made Griffons, a militarised Bell 412.

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No problem too small

 

Bratunac - Finnish CIMIC travels hundreds of kilometres, over poor roads and dirt tracks, to achieve its mission. The teams carry out a multitude of tasks as it follows its guiding framework, working closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and meeting with local people.

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Sharpshooters' competition

 

Kalinovik - The German Battle Group organised a sharpshooter' competition on Kalinovik Firing Ranges, April 16-17. All SFOR's contingents were invited but only Canadian, French, USA and German sniper teams were able to take part. All the teams gave their best effort, sharing their specific knowledge.

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Beyond the tunnel

 

Sarajevo - The Freedom of Movement Engineering Team (FOMET) mission is to keep open and operational SFOR routes, Airports of Debarkation and Seaports of Debarkation. The FOMET is part of the Sarajevo SFOR Headquarters Engineer Branch, commanded by German Lt. Col. Elmar Maier.

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Italians' Signal Unit: the "Leonessa" Coy

 

Sarajevo - The Command, Communication, Control, and Computer Information Electronic Warfare Company, C4IEW Coy, gives the Italian Battle Group all kinds of signal and communication support. It is deployed to different points within the MND-SE Area of Responsibility and along the Croatian Coast.

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Moving heavy metal

 

Turovi - Apr. 08, members of the Romanian Engineer Detachment (RED) cleared war debris from the returnee community of Turovi. The village of Turovi lies west of Foca, amongst the hills and woods. This was part of a 10-day exercise, which created a secure living environment for the villagers.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Coy Sgt. Michael Mullen is the senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Irish International Military Police Company in Butmir. He is responsible for maintaining discipline and ensuring welfare of the men of his unit. Coming from the Dublin 2nd Field Military Police Coy, he has a lot of experience.

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