Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 29, 2007 15:20 ET

DND: Operation Boreas Comes to a Close

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - Earlier today, the Canadian Forces (CF) closed out Operation BOREAS, Canada's contribution to European Union Force (EUFOR) peace-support operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Since December 2004, the Canadian contribution to EUFOR has comprised a CF Liaison and Observation Team (LOT). The primary task of the LOT has been to provide information and situational awareness to EUFOR by maintaining close contact with local authorities, including mayors, police forces, border patrols, community leaders and Bosnian Army Units. The LOT has also assisted in supporting the rule of law in general, most notably, preventing smuggling and the collecting of illegal weapons for destruction.

"Canadians can be proud of the role Canadian Forces personnel have played in helping bring peace and stability in the Balkan region," said Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, Commander, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command. "The presence of Canadians and the tangible contribution they have made on this mission over the last three years has undoubtedly helped the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina focus on rebuilding their communities shattered by over a decade of war," he added.

As with all international operations, the Government of Canada reviews its commitments abroad on a regular basis. The decision to terminate Operation BOREAS, which most recently has consisted of 11 CF members, coincides with an overall draw down of EUFOR personnel that is taking place due to the relative stability in the Balkan region.

"Being able to work with such a skilled group of Canadian Forces personnel has made it an honour and pleasure to oversee this mission for the past six months," said Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Boucher, the outgoing Canadian Task Force Commander for Operation BOREAS. "I would like to thank all Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel who have proudly served and demonstrated the professionalism of the Canadian Forces by representing their country in support of Operation BOREAS," he added.

Canada remains committed to peace-support operations in the Balkans and will maintain Operation BRONZE, the CF contribution to NATO Headquarters Sarajevo. Operation BRONZE is comprised of eight personnel who are currently serving in various staff positions at NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo. Further information about this operation can be found on the CF website at:


For imagery of CF operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, please visit the Canadian Forces Combat Camera website at:

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