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Paris (France), 20 April 2007 - The full responsibility for and control of the airspace over Bosnia and Herzegovina was transferred from the European Force (EUFOR) to the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 20 April 2007. This transfer became effective upon the signing of a Protocol between the Commander of EUFOR, Rear Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer, and the Minister of Transport and Communication of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Božo Ljubić, during a ceremony held at the European and North Atlantic Office of ICAO in Paris on 20 April 2007.

This was the last step in the full normalisation of the airspace under the General Framework Agreement for Peace. It reaffirms the full applicability of Article 1 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, ICAO’s charter, which recognizes that every Contracting State has complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory. By accepting the transfer, the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina fully assumes its obligations under the ICAO Convention, in particular Article 28 relating to the provision of air navigation facilities and standard systems.