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30 October 2002

Text: State Department on Bosnia Military Train and Equip Program

(Taken Question: October 30 State Department statement) (340)
Following is the official answer to a question taken at the October 30
regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the
day:
(begin text)
U.S. Department of State 
Office of the Spokesman
October 30, 2002
TAKEN QUESTION FROM OCTOBER 30, 2002 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF MILITARY TRAIN AND
EQUIP PROGRAM
Question: Why is the United States ending the military train and equip
program in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Answer: The U.S.-led international program to train and equip the
armed forces of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina successfully
has completed its work. Through the generosity of the donors, the
Train and Equip Program over the last seven years has provided
world-class training, equipment, and facilities to the Federation
designed to make its forces compatible with NATO standards. In present
year (2002) dollars, the total combined value of U.S. and
international goods and services provided under the program amount to
approximately half a billion dollars. By redressing military
imbalances, the program has achieved its goal of enhancing stability
in Bosnia and the region. Other donor countries included: Brunei,
Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the
UAE.
The security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina today has greatly
improved since the end of the Bosnian war in 1995. The voluntary
reductions of the Federation and Republika Srpska armed forces are
evidence of that. There is general agreement in Bosnia on the need to
reform and restructure the armed forces in order to meet conditions to
enter NATO's Partnership for Peace. There is growing understanding
that the armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina must be able to defend
the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state as a whole and
represent it in collective defense missions.
The U.S. remains committed to the development of Bosnia and
Herzegovina's long-term security. With completion of the Federation
Train and Equip Program, the U.S. has already begun taking steps to
help Bosnia develop a national-level defense establishment and
capabilities that will meet NATO's requirements for eventual
membership in the Partnership for Peace. It is our hope that our
allies and partners will join us in this effort.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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