Security Council extends European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 1 year
The United Nations Security Council today extended for one-year the 7,000-strong European Union Stabilization Force (EUFOR) mandated to ensure continued compliance with the Dayton Peace Agreement that in 1995 ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
EUFOR has been deployed since 2004 when it took over from the NATO-led stabilization force (SFOR). While the European Union has assumed responsibility for the peacekeeping operation, the continued presence of a NATO headquarters was also authorized today by the Security Council.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1722, the Council also recognized the right of both EUFOR and NATO to take all necessary measures to defend themselves from attacks or threats.
The Council reiterated that the primary responsibility for the further implementation of the Peace Agreement lay with the Bosnian authorities. Their compliance – including the surrender for trial of all persons indicted by the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – will determine the continued willingness of the international community and major donors to provide support, the resolution said.