Sarajevo is NATO’s current presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The NATO presence in
Bosnia and Herzegovina began over two decades ago, when a NATO-led
multinational force of 60,000 troops deployed throughout the country in the
immediate aftermath of the 92-95 conflict, in order to ensure the implementation
of military aspects of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and
Herzegovina (GFAP, sometimes referred to as the Dayton Peace Agreement or
Force (IFOR) was established in December 1995 and remained for one year. IFOR
focused on separating the combatant forces and implementing other military
requirements arising from GFAP.
IFOR was replaced by
a smaller Stabilisation Force (SFOR). SFOR’s mandate was to deter renewed
hostilities, stabilise the peace, and contribute to a safe and secure
As the situation in
the country improved in December 2004, primary responsibility for military
aspects of the Peace Agreement was handed over from SFOR to the European Force
in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR).
In place of SFOR,
NATO established a military headquarters with the primary mission of assisting
with defence reforms and other commitments undertaken within NATO’s Partnership
for Peace (PfP).
Sarajevo also provides agreed support to EUFOR under the terms of the NATO-EU
“Berlin Plus” agreement, and retains certain authorities and responsibilities
As the key element of
NATO’s enduring commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina, NATO Headquarters
Sarajevo works with institutions to provide advice and support on a daily
basis. Members of our NATO Advisory Team work with their counterparts to
implement defence and security sector reforms and to build sustainable
capacities to achieve the long-term objective of European and Euro-Atlantic