Released by The White House, July 9, 1996
Released on the Web by the Bureau of Public Affairs, July 12, 1996
The stabilization of the military balance at the lowest level of forces is a central element in the U.S. effort to bring peace and stability to Bosnia. As a complement to arms control and confidence-building provisions of the Dayton Peace Accords, the U.S. has launched an initiative to train and equip (T&E) Bosnian Federation armed forces.
The purpose of T&E is to assist Bosnia in self-defense, thereby promoting security and stability in the region.
T&E also will help ensure, upon IFOR's departure, that a military balance exists among the former antagonists, such that none of them are encouraged to resume hostilities.
The U.S. contribution to T&E of $100 million in defense articles and services -- authorized by Congress in FY 96 legislation -- includes the following items: 46,100 rifles, 1,000 machine guns, 6,592 radios and tactical telephones, 45 tanks, 80 armored personnel carriers, 840 light anti-tank weapons, and 15 utility helicopters. All equipment will be fully mission capable and will include related ammunition, spares, and support equipment.
Another key aspect of T&E is the training effort provided by MPRI, a civilian firm under contact to the Federation. The training program, as well as the purchase of additional military equipment, will be funded from $140 million pledged by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Malaysia, and Brunei.
The T&E program serves multiple, reinforcing purposes, including:
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