Edition 138
May 9, 2002

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Guide to locations

Celebrating the rule of law in BiH

 

Camp Butmir - The United States celebrated Law Day, May 1. Canada and a few other nations celebrate it, however, it remains a uniquely American tradition. It was established in 1944 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage U.S. citizens to remember their country's heritage cherishing the rule of law.

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Two Nations, One Mission

 

Zenica - Turkish and Finnish Civil-Military Co-operation teams recently conducted joint patrols, as part of a four day exchange programme, to aid the return process of Displaced Persons and Refugees. They were not only conducting routine patrols, but also aiding future return processes.

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Co-operative de-mining efforts

 

Orljani - De-mining is pivotal in the effort to provide a safe and secure environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina. SFOR itself does not do any de-mining, this is done by the Armed Forces in BiH. To this end, SFOR continually trains its engineers, so that they are able to monitor de-miners from the Entities' Armies.

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COMSFOR hosts 37th JMC

 

Camp Butmir - The Joint Military Commission serves as the central body for the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to ensure compliance with the General Framework Agreement for Peace. SFOR's Joint Military Affairs section hosted the 37th Joint Military Commission, April 25.

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Emerald Expedition: a gem of a challenge

 

Bugojno - Wet, windy and winding are the conditions that approximately 300 SFOR military personnel from eight different nations stationed throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina braved on April 17 during Expedition Emerald. The Expedition took place in Multinational Division Southwest on what is known as route Emerald.

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Men in the shadow

 

Sarajevo - Nearly 30 Ambassadors visited returnee sites throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina April 30. The visits were a joint effort between SFOR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the High Representative. The event was carefully planned by the three organisations in order to achieve the objective.

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Some key points for a better understanding

 

Sarajevo - The last census in this country, as well as in the other Republics, dates back to 1991. At that time, there were roughly 4.2 million inhabitants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After almost four years of war, at the end of 1995, more than the half of them, that is to say 2.2 million, were elsewhere other than in their pre-war homes.

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Ambassadors in MND-SE

 

Ogleceva - The former inhabitants of Ogleceva officially returned in the autumn of 2000 with the aid of tents and domestic items from the UNHCR. By December 2000, UNHCR had reconstructed overnight accommodation- one, two-storey communal house- for the heads of 15 households.

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Ambassadors in MND-SW

 

MND-SW - As part of the fifth trip organised by the OHR, UNHCR and SFOR, a delegation of ambassadors travelled to the returnee sites of Orahova, belonging to the municipality of Gradiska, and on the Vlasic plateau, a mountainous chain extending over 500 square kilometres north of Travnik.

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Ambassadors in MND-N

 

MND-N - "There are still too many villages that need help, too many dire circumstances. Our goal is to give the ambassadors the opportunity to see the problems that the villagers face in their every day life," said Wolfgang Petritsch, High Representative.

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Soldier raises money for village school

 

Ocevlja - Due to its location, between Sarajevo Canton and Tuzla Canton, the village, which was home to Bosniacs, Bosnian-Croats and Bosnian-Serb before the war, was often overlooked for humanitarian aid. The schools are in disrepair, the teachers do not have adequate supplies and the children need a healthy environment to learn.

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Just like five fingers on a hand

 

Bravenik - Exercise "Joint Resolve XXVI" took place in Multinational Division Southeast April 22 - 28. The main event occurred April 26, with an evacuation exercise of members of the International Community. French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and US troops were involved.

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Illegal ammunitions' cache discovered

 

Vrapcici - The French Battle Group seized 50 tonnes of ammunition, April 24. The ammunition was found in an underground cellar on industrial premises in the area of Vrapcici, near Mostar. A telephone call provided MND-SE with the right information.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

If you go to HQ SFOR CJ3 Training Support Plan you will see a very busy and friendly man working at his workstation. He is the Lieutenant Commander of the Argentinean Navy Infantry (Marines) Carlos Esteban Buen. Buen is the kind of person who never loses his smile even in the worst circumstances.

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