SARAJEVO, August 19 (FENA) – 13th anniversary since American diplomats Joseph Kruzel, Robert Freiser, Samuel Drew and French soldier Stephan Reault died on Igman was annotated on Tuesday with the appropriate ceremony and laying down flowers at the memorial on Igman.
Delegations of the BiH Minsitry of Defence and Armed Forces, USA Embassy and French Embassy as well as the representatives of the military and diplomatic core in BiH and BiH institutions paid tribute to them.
Deputy Chief of the USA mission to BiH Judith Cefkin talked about dedication of the three high American officials and French soldier for the war termination in BiH.
They, as Cefkin said, died trying to bring peace to the country which is so far from theirs.
She pointed out that USA dedication to the permanent peace and security in BiH remained the same and that it represents â€œthe continuance of what these courageous people didâ€.
Cefkin also stated the USA are with all BiH citizens in building peaceful and democratic country which is as a matter of fact the personification of the ideals that these courageous men had.
BiH Deputy Minister of Defence Marina Pendes said that these men, who died tragically, gave their lives performing noble mission of ending the bloody conflicts in BiH and building peace in this part of Europe.
-Their tragic death became the symbol of the friendship and help by American and French people to BiH, and BiH people still recognize that assistance and are forever grateful, Pendes pointed out.
First advisor in the French Embassy to BiH Alain Rauch said that the international community since the war ended puts all its efforts in order to ensure stability and development of the country.
He said that in the service of this common venture three American diplomats and French soldier also gave their lives.
BiH Presidency member Zeljko Komsic was also present at the ceremony, as well as the representatives of the City and Canton Sarajevo.
Three American diplomats and French soldier died tragically at Igmanâ€™s â€œroad of salvationâ€ on May 19th 1995.
Joseph Kruzel was USA deputy minister of defence, Robert Frasure special American representative for former Yugoslavia, Nelson Drew colonel of the USA air force, and Stephan Reault was French soldier.