Despite the heavy clouds over Sarajevo, spirits were high in Camp Butmir on Wednesday 27 March with the official flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion of Portugal re-joining EUFOR.
In attendance were members of the EUFOR mission representing all 20 troop-contributing countries, COMEUFOR, Major General Martin Dorfer, and Chief of Staff NHQSa, Colonel Tibor Papp.
Portugal has contributed a member of its Gendarmerie to the EUFOR mission, Chief Sergeant Daniel Ribeiro
Formally welcoming him into the EUFOR mission, COMEUFOR said: “Chief Sergeant Ribeiro, your nation has a proud record of service here in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it now falls to you to lead it on. I have full confidence that you will”.
Bringing the ceremony to a close, COMEUFOR added: “I look forward to Portugal adding to the significant contribution that all Troop Contributing Countries within EUFOR make”.
With Portugal re-joining EUFOR, it brings the total of troop-contributing countries to 20, with 15 from EU countries, and 5 from non-EU countries.