BiH AF engaged in two peacekeeping missions – From the consumer to the actor of collective security

A large number of members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH AF) participated in various peacekeeping missions around the world, demonstrating the highest level of professionalism, skill and readiness to perform the most complex tasks in the domain of collective security.

Their merits on this front are equally recognized and valued, whether it is NATO-led peace support operations, or peacekeeping missions of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), which is evidenced, among other things, by the high ratings given to the engagement BiH soldiers from relevant addresses and meritorious officials.

With its presence on the international stage, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Armed Forces demonstrate the ability to act in crisis situations and interoperability with allied countries, contributing to the growth of the country’s credibility, which has successfully transitioned from an object/consumer to a subject of international military aid.

Experiences from Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali, Congo, the Central African Republic undoubtedly confirm the stated assessments and, at the same time, show that the alternative to peace and stability is violence and suffering, and that peace can only be achieved through dialogue, understanding and mutual respect.

Members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently engaged in two peace support operations, namely the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the European Union (EU) Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTMRCA).

All of them share different and valuable experiences, acquired first-hand and directly in the field, passing them on to colleagues who have not yet faced the challenges they entail – war, conflicts, violence, destruction, the suffering of the civilian population, hunger, etc.