The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina are hosting this year’s 14th Conference of Chiefs of Defence / General Staffs of the Balkans on Military Cooperation (Forum B-9), with the aim of improving the model of military cooperation of the Balkans, as well as possible models of responding to security challenges, risks and threats in the region.
“The conference, which will be held from 7 to 9 June 2021 in Sarajevo, is an extremely important initiative for strengthening multinational military cooperation in the region, which confirms the desire to strengthen regional cooperation between the armed forces, promote regional stability and security, as well as strengthening the already established and seeking new mechanisms of cooperation in the Balkan region. The B-9 conference has been for many years an initiative of great importance and contribution to successful cooperation in the region, which ultimately results in a better security environment for all countries. Therefore, this initiative is of great importance for Bosnia and Herzegovina, “the BiH Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
It is especially important that the tasks arising from each conference held at the level of the Chiefs of Staff of the Balkan countries, including this one in Sarajevo, are aimed not only at strengthening existing coordination mechanisms, but also finding ways to establish new mechanisms that would enable more concrete and effective cooperation. It is important to ensure better mutual understanding in order to achieve the required level of interoperability and knowledge necessary for joint engagement, timely exchange of information and training capacity, as well as mutual assistance.
The members of the B-9 forum are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece, Romania, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.
In addition to representatives of member countries, as guests of this year’s Conference, high representatives of the NATO Military Committee, the EU Military Committee, the Joint Command of NATO in Naples, the US Command in Europe, as well as representatives of observer countries, i.e. the highest representatives of the Croatian and Slovenian Armed Forces.