BiH Def Min: Only Presidency decision needed for army to help with wildfires

NEWS 23.08.2021 18:09
Source: Helikopter OS BiH (MO BiH)

The helicopters of the BiH Armed Forces stand ready to help local authorities respond to wildfires across the country and all that is needed is a political decision by the tripartite Presidency, Bosnia’s Defence Minister, Sifet Podzic, said on Monday.

“The Armed Forces have helicopters ready for firefighting, which is a regular mission of the Armed Forces,” he said, adding that the military has “experienced crews who have been involved in extinguishing fires in these areas” for many years.

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The only reason why the helicopters were not engaged is the failure of the Presidency to make such a decision.

In order to engage BiH Armed Forces resources, all three Presidency members must agree on it. However, the Serb member of the tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik, refuses to let it happen.

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