A bright and sunny winter’s day was the setting for a flag raising ceremony held at Camp Butmir on Wednesday 14th November.
The occasion was the return of France as a troop-contributing nation to EUFOR after a gap of three years.
In attendance was The Ambassador of France His Excellency Mr. Guillaume Rousson, COMEUFOR Major General Martin Dorfer, Commander NATO Brigadier General Marti J. Bissell and Colonel Jean-François Caparos, French Police Attaché. General Dorfer addressed the ceremony and welcomed France back into EUFOR by saying:
‘We are delighted to raise the flag today in order to celebrate and welcome back our good friend France, to EUFOR, and to increase the number of Troop Contributing Nations from 18 to 19 countries. This is another important step in EUFOR’s history after its mandate was extended by the United Nations Security Council last week and it shows both the UN’s and the EU’s continued commitment to BiH’
General Dorfer concluded by saying:
‘We welcome back France to add to the significant contribution that all Nations within EUFOR make and we very much look forward to working with our new colleague under our common motto “one mission, one team’