OSCE, Mersiha Causevic
EUPM, Alun Roberts
EUFOR, Ltc Bridget Rose
NATO HQ, Derek Chappell
Press Conference this afternoon
The High Representative, Paddy Ashdown, today hold an extra-ordinary press
conference. The Press Conference will be held here today at 14.00 – and no I
won’t be speculating about the topic or the content of this press conference;
you will have to come along at 14.00.
New PDHR Larry Butler
As PDHR Larry Butler, under the HR’s guidance, will continue to be
responsible for economic reform issues. In addition the PDHR will also guide the
Rule of Law department in initiatives to create a criminal, civil and commercial
legal environment conducive to economic development and European integration.
Ambassador Butler will also be the OHR’s liaison with the NATO office in BiH.
Many of you called yesterday requesting interviews with the new PDHR. Ambassador
Butler will not be giving interviews immediately but we will keep any bids
received on file and contact you when he starts to give interviews.
No statement for today.
No statement for today.
NATO Contributes to Indonesian Disaster Relief
At the ceremony in
on 25 March, NATO
officially handed over ownership of emergency bridge building equipment destined
for disaster relief in
. Dutch forces have
arranged for immediate transportation of this urgently needed equipment to
Bandah Aceh province where it will be used to repair the tsunami damaged
These bridges were formally used for emergency replacement of damaged
Bosnia and Herzegovina
used to reopen vital roads to relief supplies and reconstruction material.
This highly specialised equipment is valued at over six million Euros. It is
designed for fast repair of damaged bridges and can be disabled and re
constructed in new locations as the rebuilding process evolves.
NATO is pleased to use its multi national capabilities and resources to
assist in this humanitarian emergency and we recognise the generosity of the
Government of the
arranging for transportation from
As the summer approaches, EUPM continues to follow the work of the police in
regard to ensuring security for returnees. Although incidents concerning
returnees are these days quite small EUPM is following two quite serious
incidents effecting returnees in the
investigated by local police. On 22nd and 23rd March two
houses, properties of returnees were set on fire by unknown perpetrators. Nobody
was injured as the houses were un-occupied at the tie. Both were lightly
damaged. Then last week on 17 March was a report of a physical assault on an
elderly Serb couple in the
who have returned to the village.
EUPM is in contact with local police, who are investigation both incidents.
We would like to inform you that on
over of “Krimo-Lovci” crime hotline, from EUPM to SIPA will take place in the
premises of the SIPA HQ, Adema Buce 102,
On that occasion, a public campaign of this specific phone line shall be
promoted. The phone line shall serve the citizens and enable them to give
information on war crimes’ suspects, locations of mass grave, crimes of
terrorism, illegal trafficking in drugs etc.
Representatives of international organisations and institutions of BiH shall
address you at the press conference.
We are inviting you to attend
the press conference on Wednesday, 30 March at .
Third point concerns the ongoing series of public debates to inform the
public on the issues about police restructuring. This week EUPM with our
colleagues from OHR will be presenting information to police and the public in
the following three municipalities:
Zvornik, Tuesday, 29 March – Town Hall
– National Theatre
Teslic, Thursday, 31 March – Kardigal Hotel.
No questions for today.