Reuters
December 1, 2009

Bosnia faces no threat of a new war but European Union peacekeepers will stay on to boost its fragile political stability, the outgoing commander of the EU peacekeeping force in Bosnia (EUFOR) said on Monday. The United Nations Security Council extended this month the EUFOR mandate for one more year, citing political obstacles for the return of some 117,000 people displaced during and after the 1992-95 war in the former Yugoslav republic.

“In technical, military terms, the country can be considered stable,” Italian Major-General Stefano Castagnotto said in a farewell news conference.”You have a unified army and I don’t see any outside threat from neighbouring countries.”

He said there was no potential for a new internal conflict any time soon, but using troops was a complex decision-making process with a political dimension.

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