Review of Chilean Contingent Deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Dialogo
August 16, 2011

The Army contingent deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is participating in the European Union’s EUFOR Althea peace operation, received an inspection visit from Land Operations Commander Gen. Ricardo Toro Tassara.

On that occasion, General Toro met with the acting force commander, Brig. Gen. Gulyac Zoltán, who shared with him his positive evaluation of the work done by the Chilean personnel, since of the 29 Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) posts in the region, the two Chilean ones are the ones that have obtained the best results.

In this regard, the national contingent expressed its pride in being part of this “European” force and its gratitude for the excellent opportunity they were given by being selected for a task that has enabled them to apply their experience and professional knowledge, with the additional demands posed by working in a multinational environment in which mastery of English is fundamental.

Along these lines, it is important to highlight the fact that Chile is the only Latin American country contributing forces to this mission, both in the operational area and in the work done at headquarters, where more than 400 Army men and women have participated since 2003.

Since that date, the Chilean Army’s presence and participation in this peace operation have varied in accordance with the evolving situation in the country and in conformity with EUFOR’s transformations.

As a result, Chilean personnel have increased their presence in recent months at EUFOR headquarters, located in Sarajevo, in the areas of doctrine, standardization of instruction, maintenance, and operations, in consequence of EUFOR’s recognition of their professionalism.

At the same time, the decision was made to transfer the national contingent to Banja Luka, the country’s second most important city. From that location, considered a sensitive area, the military personnel will continue to have the responsibility of obtaining and collecting the information needed to support the decision-making process at EUFOR headquarters.