Sarajevo News 2018

Transfer of Authority Ceremony

Transfer of Authority Ceremony

Jul 9, 2018
On July 9, Brig. Gen. Robert Huston relinquished his command of the NATO Headquarters Sarajevo to his successor, Brig. Gen. Marti Bissell. The Transfer of Authority event was also attended by Admiral James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

General Huston: BiH citizens have right to live life without fear

General Huston: BiH citizens have right to live life without fear

Mar 27, 2018

Q1. BiH politicians hope the MAP will be activated soon. Is it likely? If yes, when?

A1: NATO welcomes the progress BiH achieved in the registration of prospective immovable defense properties to the State of BiH, for the use of BiH Ministry of     Defense. In this light, the Alliance stands ready to activate the Membership Action Plan, once the condition set by NATO Foreign Ministers in Tallinn in 2010 is met, that all defense properties, required for future defense purposes, are registered to the ownership of the State of BiH, for use by the BiH MoD. Allies are monitoring this process very closely.

 

NATO has been providing support to the process of registering defence properties, and we will continue to do so. It is important to work together to keep up the positive momentum, while it is up to Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue pursuing reforms to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. 

 

Q2. Is the registration of properties to the State still causing the headache?  We are aware that there are difficulties in this process despite court rulings.

A2: As already mentioned, NATO Alliance has clearly communicated that it           welcomes the progress that has been made in registering defence properties to the state, and encourages BiH authorities to accelerate their efforts, and to register more properties.

In wider terms, my overall impression is that the people in the institutions of BiH    continue to work hard to meet the country’s commitments within NATO’s Partnership for Peace. Most of this work is not visible to the public, but I assure you that it is      visible to NATO, and we commend the commitment and the work of all those who contribute to this effort. 

 

Q3. BiH public space is swamped with information on Russia’s attempts to     affect BiH in terms of security, politics and economy. How do you comment this?

A3: NATO fully respects every nation’s sovereign right to choose their own political and security arrangements. We have a strategic interest in a stable and prosperous Western Balkans, and that is why we work closely with all countries in the region.    Consequently, NATO respects the request for assistance which Bosnia and           Herzegovina extended to the Alliance to support the Euro-Atlantic integrations      processes in the country.

Q4. How satisfied are you with BiH cooperation with regard to NATO                activities?

A4: Bosnia and Herzegovina has made significant progress in reshaping its armed forces and defense structures, and this progress must be recognized. The Defense Review agreed last year was an important step forward, and the focus now should be on implementation, to make this review a reality. The recent decision to acquire new helicopters is a good first step in this direction. As well, the modernization plan that was agreed with the Defense Review is a very ambitious document. I think that like all countries, BiH will find it necessary to prioritize its requirements and to focus available funds on those priorities.

Also, BiH has made significant and concrete contributions to NATO-led collective peace support and security operations, particularly when one considers your limited         defence resources. Right now you have 60 military personnel serving with the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. BiH is also contributing to UN missions in the Congo and Mali, and to the EU mission in the Central African Republic.  Here at home, exercises conducted under the auspices of NATO and/or EUFOR have been and will continue to be an important training and readiness tool for the AFBiH. All the exercises are developed to ensure the AFBiH is prepared to not only conduct Peace Support and Security Operations in a multinational environment abroad, but also respond to events at home in case of natural disasters, in order to protect the citizens of BiH.

 

In this light, it is important to maintain momentum and engagement in NATO        programs and to fulfil the associated commitments – to demonstrate capability,      ability, and credible partnership. And NATO is here to assist the country in this       process.

Q5. Are you concerned about some politicians’ statements and moves directed at destabilizing the country?  We’ve heard about the "Night Wolves” and that some of its members have been banned from entering BiH. How do you comment this??

A5: We are aware of the issue in question. These are the matters for the competent institutions of BiH to address.

In wider terms, I hear the political rhetoric, but I also hear what average people have to say.  I believe that the citizens of BiH and the region want peace and security, as the basis for economic prosperity, and that they want to have the right to live their lives without fear or intimidation of any kind. The entire international community, not just NATO, remains committed to peace in BiH, and all our joint efforts on BiH’s       Euro-Atlantic integrations path, to include our strong cooperation with local institutions in charge, have the same goal – to increase security, stability and prosperity of BIH and the whole Western Balkans. What is really visible to me as an outsider is that the people who live in this country want their children and grandchildren to live in a safe and prosperous BiH. I hope that they find leaders who will take them forward instead of looking to the past.


CSM visits TRADOC

CSM visits TRADOC

Mar 26, 2018
Command Sergeant Major Steven Shepherd, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo’s senior enlisted leader, visited the Training and Doctrine Command in Travnik, BiH on March 22, 2018. TRADOC conducts basic, collective, and institutional training and develops doctrine for AFBiH.

NHQSa, EUFOR, MoCA MoU Signing Ceremony

NHQSa, EUFOR, MoCA MoU Signing Ceremony

Mar 21, 2018


The European Union Force commander Austrian Army Major General Anton Waldner, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo commander Brigadier General Robert Huston, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Adil Osmanovic signed a memorandum of understanding, March 21, 2018 to acknowledge NATO HQ Sarajevo's written permission to hand over owned aerial images in support of the BiH Mine Action Centre.


NHQSa Representatives visit AFBiH facilities

NHQSa Representatives visit AFBiH facilities

Mar 19, 2018
NHQSa Representatives visit AFBiH facilities

International Women's Day

I see progress in Sarajevo

I see progress in Sarajevo

Feb 23, 2018
(From left to right) U.K. Army General Sir James Everard, Bosnia-Herzegovina's Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Anto Jelec, Minister of Defense Marina (Zdravko) Pendes, and Admiral James Foggo pose for a group photo on Feb. 21 in Sarajevo. Latin Bridge, where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, on June 28, 1914, which is the event historians cite as the start of World War I. The bridge spans Sarajevo’s Miljacka River and is a two-block walk from Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Ministry of Defense. Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Amber Sorsek.
 
Click on the link above to view Admiral Foggo's blog about the progress in Sarajevo.

NATO and EU cooperation marks Bosnia and Herzegovina trip

NATO and EU cooperation marks Bosnia and Herzegovina trip

Feb 22, 2018
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Anto Jeleč and Minister of Defense Marina ( Zdravko ) Pendeš join U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo and U.K. Army General Sir James Everard at the Bosnia-Hercegovina Ministry of Defense Feb. 21, 2018. The four leaders discussed partnership efforts between Bosnia-Herzegovina, the EU Operation Althea and NATO Headquarters Sarajevo, which Everard and Foggo oversee, respectively. Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Sorsek.


NHQSa Senior Leaders visit Banja Luka

NHQSa Senior Leaders visit Banja Luka

Jan 19, 2018
Brigadier General Robert Huston, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo commander, and Command Sergeant Major Steven Shepherd, NHQSa senior enlisted leader, met with Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina senior leaders at Kozara Barracks in Banja Luka, Jan. 11, 2018.