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Adriatic Charter Expands to Include New Countries

United States Mission to the OSCE
Helsinki, Finland
December 4, 2008

Euro-Atlantic cooperation took a step forward today with the incorporation of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro as new Partners in the Adriatic Charter, an initiative begun five years ago to strengthen reform and cooperation.

At a ceremony held on the margins of the OSCE 16th Ministerial Council meeting, the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Lithuania joined U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried to mark the inclusion of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro as new members of the Adriatic Charter. The ceremony was also attended by Serbia, an observer country, and by Estonia and Latvia.

Assistant Secretary Fried called the inclusion of the new Partners in the Adriatic Charter “a good day for the vision of Europe whole, free and at peace.”

Aiming to assist other States in the region in their efforts to fully integrate into the Euro-Atlantic community, particularly the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the existing Partners expressed their support to Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro and welcomed them as Partners, fully confident that their participation will contribute to the promotion of regional cooperation and security.

Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, in an exchange of notes, affirmed and adhered to the principles outlined in the Adriatic Charter. As Partners, they pledged their dedication to strengthening their efforts to intensify domestic reforms, as well as bilateral, regional, and multilateral political, defense, and economic cooperation.

The Charter has proved its strong contribution towards achieving the common vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.


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