Discussing the Prime Minister’s announcement about increasing Britain’s contribution to Operation Sophia.
This Sunday is the International Day of Peacekeepers and tomorrow at the Cenotaph, we will honour the memory of 3,400 military, civilians and police, who have lost their lives whilst serving in UN peacekeeping missions.
On 25th May 1995, the Bosnian war re-ignited as 60 people were killed in Tuzla in an artillery attack. Subsequently two French soldiers serving with the UN were killed in the Battle of Vrbanja Bridge and I had to take over responsibility for Jelah after the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment redeployed to central Bosnia. See Chapter 3 of Belfast to Benghazi for the full story of the transition from UN peacekeeping to NATO peace enforcement in 1995.