The EU Council expressed their continued support for the presence of EUFOR Althea peacekeeping forces mandated by the EU, saying they are for the extension of its operation on the ground. Althea has 600 members from 19 states.
It has to be decided by 5 November at the UN Security Council.
Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency, unexpectedly on Saturday (23 October), after meeting Serb President Aleksandar Vučić, announced the necessity of extending the mandate of the EUFOR Althea
The decision was made at the same time EUFOR monitored the tactical exercise conducted by the Interior Ministry of BiH’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity, explaining that “EUFOR monitors any activities or locations within BiH for Situational Awareness and/or to ensure that the Safe and Secure Environment is not threatened in any way, as per the mandate.”
BiH portal klix.ba said that, in the event of the withdrawal of EUFOR from BiH, the mandate to preserve stability will be taken over by NATO itself.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)