The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina are hosting this year’s 14th Conference of Balkan Chiefs of Defense / General Staff for Military Cooperation (Forum B-9), with the aim of improving the model of Balkan military cooperation, as and potential response models 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, to promote regional stability and security, as well as strengthening the mechanisms already established and seeking new co-operation in the Balkan region.The B-9 Conference has for many years been a very important initiative and contribution to successful co-operation in the region, which ultimately “It results in a better security environment for all countries. Therefore, this initiative is of great importance to Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the BiH Defense Ministry 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 in Sarajevo, aim not only at strengthening the existing coordination mechanisms, but also at finding ways to establish mechanisms. young people that would enable a more concrete and effective cooperation. It is important to ensure better mutual understanding to achieve the required level of interaction and knowledge needed for joint engagement, timely exchange of information and training capability, 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, senior representatives of the NATO Military Committee, the EU Military Committee, the NATO Joint Command in Naples, the US Command in Europe, and representatives of observer countries, ie the highest representatives of the Croatian and Slovenian Armed Forces.