Monday, October 1, 2007


NEW YORK, USA (October 1,2007) – The Bosnian Foreign Affairs Minister Sven Alkalaj attended the meeting of the American-Adriatic Charter at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

The meeting was organised by the US State Department, which was represented by Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried.

Fried said that the Sotheastern European states are in the best possible historic moment because there are no obstacles towards the West, except perhaps those that they could alone create. Accession to an undivided Europe is a solution for all Sotheastern European states.

He expressed hope that this is also the wish of these states and expressed satisfaction with the fact that Bosnia,Montenegro and Serbia have become members of the NATO Partnership for Peace Programme (PFP).

Participants in the meeting also praised the success achieved by the three American-Adriatic Charter member states, which are to soon become NATO members. The three new member states of the Partnership for Peace have been invited to follow their example and use their experiences in continuing their successful road towards full membership.

The three new PFP member states have informed the participants in the meeting about the activities they have taken after joining the Partnership for Peace.

They also discussed the upcoming third ministerial meeting of the American-Adriatic Charter and the American-Baltic Charter, which will be held in Split,Croatia, next month.

Alkalaj informed the meeting about the significant progress Bosnia has made in the field of defence reform and numerous steps our country has taken after joining the Partnership for Peace towards full membership in NATO.

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried said that no other reform in Bosnia has shown so much success as defence reform. He expressed hope that police reform will be equally successful.

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