Implementing the Dayton Peace Agreement: International Police
Fact Sheet prepared by the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs,
November 7, 1996
- Annex 11 of the Dayton Peace Agreement
provides for the establishment of an International Police Task
Force (IPTF) in Bosnia as a UN Civilian Police operation. UN Security
Council Resolution 1035 authorized a one-year IPTF mission, which
will expire on December 19, 1996, but may be renewed for up to
- The IPTF operation monitors, advises
and trains local police forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their
specific responsibilities include: supervising the operations
of local police in providing for public security; restructuring
local police forces and reorienting their approach from communist-style
public control to democratically based public service; and, coordinating
training of local police in community policing and support of
- IPTF is not intended to be a substitute
for local police. It is designed instead to assist local police
forces in developing their own effective law enforcement capabilities.
- IPTF played an important role in
coordinating election security with Bosnian authorities, IFOR,
OSCE and UNHCR during the September 14, 1996 national elections.
In particular, IPTF worked closely with the parties to assist
them in developing an effective election security plan, helped
facilitate freedom of movement and oversee the work of local police
during the elections.
- The IPTF is currently playing a
critical role in restructuring the Federation and Republika Srpska
forces: candidates for the Federation cantonal police have been
tested and are being vetted for their permanent appointment to
the new Federation police force.
- As an indication of international
support for the police monitoring effort, 34 countries have contributed
a total of 1,721 personnel assigned to IPTF operations deployed
in three regions, 14 district stations and 41 field stations throughout
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The IPTF Commissioner is Peter Fitzgerald,
who is an Assistant Commissioner of the Irish National Police
Force and who has served in UN Civilian Police operations in Cambodia,
Namibia, and El Salvador. His deputy is Robert Wasserman, the
former chief of staff of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control
Policy in Washington.
- The United States has provided approximately
165 monitors to the IPTF. A visible U.S. role in the IPTF enhances
the credibility of the force, facilitates recruitment of other
national contingents, and signals the U.S. commitment to assisting
Bosnia and Herzegovina in rebuilding the public safety institutions
necessary for the transformation to a democratic society.
- The IPTF led an international donor's
conference in Dublin, Ireland in September 1996, which began the
process of raising financial and substantive support for training
and equipping Bosnia's local police forces. At this conference,
the United States pledged a 17 million dollar package for training
and equipment, which will be provided bilaterally in cooperation
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