Mission Althea in Bosnia to continue
20 October, 2017
The EU foreign ministers last week confirmed the EU's readiness to continue the executive military role of Operation Althea, which supports Bosnia and Herzegovina's authorities to maintain the safe and secure environment, under a renewed UN mandate. Operation Althea was launched in 2004.
Meeting in Luxembourg, the EU first diplomats reiterated the bloc’s commitment to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s EU perspective as a single, united, and sovereign country. They also urged Sarajevo to step up efforts including regarding the functioning and the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and organized crime, as well as the fight against terrorism and the prevention of radicalization.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of Interpol, Jurgen Stock, visiting Sarajevo last Thursday, warned that the defeat of IS will cause a number of IS fighters to return to Bosnia. Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic announced tighter cooperation with Interpol on the issue.