NHQSa Mission

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) 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.
 
THE DESIRED ENDSTATE IS:
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.
THE SFOR COMMANDER'S INTENT IS:
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.
 
THE GOALS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE:
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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Objectives

  • 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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    Challenges

    • 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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    Advise BiH authorities on defence reform, including coordination of Partnership for Peace (PfP) activities, in order to contribute to further Euro-Atlantic integration.