Lt. Anne-Claude Gouy
First published in
SFOR Informer#157, February 6, 2003
As stated in the General Framework Agreement for Peace
(GFAP), a Joint Military Commission (JMC) takes place on regular
basis at SFOR Headquarters to discuss the future role of the
Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Chaired by COMSFOR,
this commission serves as the central body for all parties
to bring any military complaints, questions, or problems that
require resolution by the SFOR Commander.
Camp Butmir - The JMC meeting is COMSFOR's principal method
of passing instructions to the signatories of the GFAP. On
Friday Jan. 24, the 39th meeting was held. In general,
the JMC occurs every three month. In fact, its the way
to take a bearing, said Italian Lt. Col. Claudio Testa,
Staff Officer Restructuring, Joint Military Affairs (JMA),
HQ SFOR. So, during the whole day, responsible persons from
all parties - State level and Entity level - talked about
the future of Bosnia and Herzegovinas defence.
The present situation requires necessary changes, centralising
all issues which represented problematic issues in the past.
We are working about a reduction of the Armed Forces, reorganising
it, and restructuring it, said Lt. Gen. Atif Dudakovic,
Federation Army (Vojska Federacije, VF) Joint Commander. Primary
issues to be discussed included Standing Committee on Military
Matters (SCMM) implementation status, Partnership for Peace
(PfP) Task Force work, Active Reserve concept, Obsolete Weapons
and other important subjects.
The SCMM has the mission to help the Parties in their path
towards a unified army, We will choose just one way,
even if there are two ones. The first road is a modern and
unified country, which wants to join the European Union. The
second one is a way of ignorance and intolerance. We, and
all people in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), want the first
one, explained Mr. Stjepan Pocrnja, SCMM Secretary General.
for another future
Our aim is to have one single State, one single army,
one single country, one single Ministry of Defence. With patience,
we will succeed. Step by step, BiH needs to build a nation,
added Pocrnja. Thanks to this great motivation, both Armed
Forces feel really confident in the future. Its
just a question of time. We already have the SCMM: thats
yet a big progress for us. And Im sure that people from
SCMM will do their job perfectly, said Lt. Col. Gen.
Momir Zec, Acting Chief of the General Staff of Republika
Srpska Army (Vojska Republike Srpske, VRS).
COMSFOR has a big role to play in engaging the armies of both
Entities. JMC is an occasion for the parties to meet
each other, in the presence of SFOR as a mediator. COMSFOR
is in the same time mediator, catalyst, and the one who clarifies
each thing that is decided, explained Lt. Col. Testa.
The proof is that, at the end of the meeting Lt. Gen. William
Ward, COMSFOR, proposed a toast to the team!
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