Chile to Extend Military Deployment in Bosnia

By Dialogo
December 21, 2012

Chile’s Congress decided to extend the deployment of Chilean troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina for a year, starting in January 2013, so they can continue to cooperate with the European mission EUFOR-Althea, in order to maintain security and train the armed forces of that country.

“The Senate has unanimously approved to prolong the deployment of Chilean troops for one more year starting on January 1, 2013, in the Stabilization Mission of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, better known as Mission EUFOR-Althea,” said the Senate in a statement.

Chile will maintain a military peace contingent of 15 members – two less than last year – allocated between the EUFOR Headquarters in Sarajevo, and the observation post in the city of Banja Luka, 100 km from the capital.

Chilean Military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina started in 2003, but in 2005 Chile joined European mission “Althea,” to support the creation of a “safe and stable environment” in the country.