Bosnian army chief of staff says no fear of armament of neighbouring countries

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Anto Jelec, said Bosnia and Herzegovina did not fear a new armament of the neighbouring countries, underscoring that there was an agreement guaranteeing mutual supervision and that all countries have their status within NATO.

"Given the agreement on the subregional supervision of armament which clearly defines how much arms Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro can have, there is no reason for fear and panic," Jelec said in an interview carried by the Faktor daily which hit news-stands on Thursday.

He explained that there was a supervision and inspection system between the four countries and that not a single country in the neighbourhood had reached the limit when it came to the amount of arms it possessed. 

"Croatia is a member of NATO, Serbia is part of the Partnership for Peace. Montenegro has received an invitation to joint NATO and we expect the activation of the Membership Action Plan and all of this is an additional guarantee of security in this part of Europe," Jelec said.

Last update: Thu, 25/02/2016 - 13:55

More from Balkan

Bulgarian cargo train explosion kills five, injures 29

Five people died and 29 were injured in Bulgaria on Saturday when a freight train hauling gas tanks derailed and...

Mladic's defence claims he is innocent

The defence for former Bosnian Serb war-time commander Ratko Mladic said on Friday in a closing statement before the...

Bosnian Croat military police officer gets 10 years in jail for war crimes in Orasje

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has sentenced, pending appeal, a former commander of the Military Police of the...

Bosnian businesses expand halal production, eye exports

 Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the...

Greek court blocks extradition of a further two Turkish soldiers

The legal tug-of-war regarding the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers from Greece continues.