The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the EUFOR force in Bosnia and Herzegovina paving the way for UN blue helmets to remain in the region.
Last week, Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the UN Security Council:
“While there was substantial progress in the first 11 years after the war, in the last four years, there has been stagnation and time has been largely wasted. The fundamentals of the country and its institutions, including the constitutional framework, have been challenged on a regular basis.”
Operation Althea and NATO HQ Sarajevo will continue in its stabilization mission for another twelve months.
COMEUFOR, Major General Bernhard Bair, said:
“We will continue to work closely with the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ensure a safe environment for the peoples of the country.”
Following the peaceful conduct of the recent General Election EUFOR has undertaken a reduction in forces with approx 1,600 troops from 27 EU and non-EU nations now stationed in the country.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in South and Southeast Europe, located within the Balkans. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is bordered by Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast, and Croatia to the north and southwest. It is not entirely landlocked; to the south it has a narrow coast on the Adriatic Sea, which is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) long and surrounds the town of Neum.
The inland Bosnia region has a moderate continental climate, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. In the central and eastern interior of the country the geography is mountainous, in the northwest moderately hilly, and in the northeast predominantly flatland. The smaller southern region, Herzegovina, has a Mediterranean climate and mostly mountainous topography.
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