At the “Soldiers for Neutrality” rally on September 21, several soldiers discussed the importance of Austrian neutrality. One of them was DI Mag. Günther Greindl Retired General, who sees them as a building block for international security and peace. You can find his speech, which is worth listening to, in this article.
A guest commentary by Andrea Drescher
#1 Review “Soldiers for Neutrality”: DI Mag. Günther Greindl General ret
At the rally on September 21, 2022 – the day of world peace – several soldiers addressed the various aspects of Austria’s neutrality.
Since only a few people had or have the time and leisure to watch a live stream lasting several hours, Report24.news and TKP.at will publish the speeches of the six soldiers involved as individual contributions in the coming days.
The first and highest-ranking speaker at the rally was DI Mag. Günther Greindl Retired General. He spoke about “neutrality as a component of international security”.
Perpetual neutrality was born in the Congress of Vienna as a building block for establishing a balance of power. Since then, Switzerland has been a role model for classic neutrality. Austrian neutrality also goes back to the power balance of the Cold War. By joining the United Nations, Austria has broken new ground and committed itself to an active peace policy. The blue helmet missions are the visible expression. The war in Ukraine did not change Austria’s geostrategic position. The war will possibly change the existing world order. In a new world order, neutral Austria can continue to make a significant contribution to international peace.
- 1958 to 1961 Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt
- 1961 to 1966 engineer officer in Linz and Salzburg
- 1966 to 1969 general staff course at the Vienna National Defense Department, then employed as a consultant for territorial defense in the BMLV and studied spatial planning at the Vienna University of Technology
- 1973 Battalion Commander 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade in Mautern
- 1977 First assignment abroad as Chief Operations Officer and Austrian contingent commander in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
- 1979 to 1992 UN Force Commander in Golan (UNDOF), Cyprus (UNFICYP) and UN Chief Military Observer in Iraq-Kuwait (UNIKOM)
- 1992 bis 2002 Vorsitzender der „UN Consultative Group on the Use of Military and Civil Defence Assets in Disaster Relief“(MCDA).
- From 1993 head of the General Staff Group on Security Policy and International Relations in the BMLV.
- 1993 to April 1994 Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia.
- 2000 to 2002 first military representative to the EU and NATO. Subsequent retirement.
- 2013 Egon Ranshofen-Wertheimer Prize for services to the Republic of Austria abroad.
- Founding and Honorary President of the Association of Austrian Peacekeepers
- President of the association Aufbruch-Österreich
Background information on the rally and its motivation can be found at: www.soldaten-fuer-neutralitaet.at