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NHQSa Mission

NHQSa has the primary mission of assisting the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina with reforms and commitments related to the Partnership for Peace, the secondary mission of providing logistic and other support to the European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and certain authorities and responsibilities under General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (GFAP, sometimes referred to as the Dayton Peace Agreement or Dayton Accords). 

NATO Headquarters Sarajevo has a specific role: to advise and assist all institutions on defence and security sector reform and NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) activities.

In the area of defence and security sector reform, our aim is to support the development of the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to enable them to fulfil their missions and tasks. This includes the broad systemic reforms aimed at improving working practices, functionality and efficiency.

In the area of NATO PfP activities, our aim is to help Bosnia and Herzegovina meet the commitments that they have chosen to make within PfP. A major area of work is in increasing interoperability with NATO member and partner forces, as well as developing capabilities that can be used at home and in operations abroad.

Our priorities are based upon the reforms and priorities that have been set by the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are here to help Bosnia and Herzegovina achieve these goals.


Mission Statement

To exercise full responsibility for the military implementation of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) [1], and to assist Defence Reform in BiH and its integrations into Euro-Atlantic structures.

To provide support to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with regard to the detention of Persons Indicted for War Crimes. (PIFWC.)

To provide support to the EU's Operation ALTHEA [2] , as defined in NATO's Berlin Plus [3], and the Special Agreement.

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Previous Mission

The Stabilisation Force (SFOR) will deter hostilities and stabilise the peace, contribute to a secure environment by providing a continued military presence in the Area Of Responsibility (AOR), target and coordinate SFOR support to key areas including primary civil implementation organisations, and progress towards a lasting consolidation of peace, without further need for NATO-led forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A secure environment adequate for the continued consolidation of the peace without further need for NATO-led military forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We must ensure that:
All parties adhere to the military requirements of the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) on a sustained basis.
All parties demonstrate commitment to continue negotiations as a means to resolve political and military differences.
Established civil structures are sufficiently mature to assume responsibilities to continue monitoring compliance with the GFAP.
Conditions have been established for the safe continuation of ongoing nation-building activities.
To maintain a safe and secure environment.
To support the International Community in the performance of its mandates in the Multi-Year Road Map (MYRM) (The MYRM is a means of measuring progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina.)
To continue to train and restructure the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To respond immediately to counter anti-Dayton non-compliant groups and institutions.
To provide flexible military presence focused on critical areas.
The Main Effort is to focus on the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, return of Displaced Persons and Refugees, support of Law Enforcement and the Rule of Law.
The "Dayton Peace Agreement"
The General Framework Agreement for Peace, sometimes referred to as the Dayton Peace Agreement, provides the political and legal framework for SFOR. Annex 1A contains the agreement on the Military Aspects of the Peace Settlement.
To Provide a safe and secure environment.
To establish a unified, democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To rebuild the economy.
To allow the return of displaced persons and refugees to their prewar homes.

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  • A single military force under effective command and control 
  • A transformed military structure that addresses ethnic concerns without compromising operational effectiveness
  • Transparent budgeting and execution processes
  • Effective democratic civilian oversight

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    • Implement the agreed force structure and build up deployable capabilities ASAP
    • Effect the speedy and effective transfer of movable property coupled with accelerated progress on the disposal of excess stocks of weapons and ammunition, and the safe and secure storage of remaining stocks
    • Focus on the recruitment, education and individual training system in order to reinforce the integration of the AFBiH
    • Develop an effective defence planning system and defence budgeting system so that the state budgeting process is more likely to look favourably upon defence funding requests
    • Improve state level inter-agency coordination process as it relates to PfP and NATO
    • Seriously examine constitutional arrangements from the perspective of suitability for NATO membership
    • Continue to strengthen democratic civilian oversight of defence and security institutions

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    NATO has an enduring commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NATO conducted its first major crisis response operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina when the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR) was deployed in December 1995 to implement the military aspects of the Dayton Peace Agreement and was replaced a year later by the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR). SFOR helped to maintain a secure environment and to facilitate the country’s reconstruction in the wake of the 1992-1995 conflict. The SFOR mission was officially ended on 2 December 2004. In its place, a European Union-led force is deployed, known as Operation Althea. The Alliance is providing planning, logistic and command support for the EU mission, in the framework of a package of agreements known as "Berlin Plus". These agreements provide the overall framework for NATO-EU cooperation. The SFOR mission officially ended on December 2, 2004 and was replaced by NATO Headquarters Sarajevo. NATO Headquarters Sarajevo is a facilitator for reform in defence and security structures, which includes coordinating NATO programs and activities. NATO Headquarters Sarajevo also supports the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina more broadly in their effort to build the capacities essential to achieving the long-term objective of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. NATO has an enduring commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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