President visits Polish military contingent in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Polish President Andrzej Duda met with soldiers from Polish Military Contingent of EUFOR Althea, an EU international peacekeeping mission, stationed at Camp Butmir in Sarajevo, on a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday.

During the visit, the Polish president underlined the mission’s importance for stability and peace in the region.

“Thanks to your service there is peace and normal life today in this land, still full of pain, which has so many remains of that conflict from 20 years ago,” the head of the Polish state said.

Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, accompanying the president, pointed out that the service of Polish soldiers “is very well received by local communities, regardless of their nationality.”

The president and minister presented decorations to distinguished soldiers.

“This is proof of your professionalism,” the defence minister added.

Operation Althea, formally European Union Force Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a military deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovina to oversee the military implementation of the Dayton Agreement − the peace agreement reached to put an end to the Bosnian War.