The EU decided
to reduce its forces based in Bosnia-Herzegovina and change
their deployment to more centralized structure. In December,
EU foreign ministers agreed, in principle, to transition EUFOR
from a large dispersed force structure to a smaller, centralized
structure, in light of the continually improving security situation
in the region.
The resulting reduction in force levels, from approximately
6000 troops to 2500, will allow Bosnia-Herzegovina to take more
control of its own affairs. The UK announced its battle group
in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be withdrawn at the end of April
2007, the Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram announced March
Manned by more than 600 troops, principally from the Welsh
Guards, the unit will return to the UK, ending more than 15
years of continuous military presence in the Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A small number of staff officers will remain at the EU's military
headquarters in the capital Sarajevo.