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Message on the Occasion of the "Regional Table" Meeting of The Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Cavtat, Croatia
May 27, 2003

The United States applauds the people of Southeast Europe for the transformations they have achieved. It is an eloquent testimony to what we in the international community can accomplish when we work together, as we do in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. The transatlantic partnership is strong and vibrant in Southeast Europe; it demonstrates our shared commitment to help bring peace, stability, and a sense of calm and hope to the region. We know that the aspirations of the people of Southeast Europe will become realities
only with our continued involvement and cooperation.

Throughout the region, newly democratic societies are shaping new institutions, rebuilding their economies, and bringing war criminals to justice. There has been much progress, but there is still much work to do. War criminals at large must be apprehended. Organized crime figures are still at large. Corruption has yet to be tackled energetically. Refugees and displaced persons who wish to return to their homes must be welcomed and given the opportunity to earn a living. Economic reforms must be implemented in order to encourage and attract investment and trade. The trafficking of human beings must be stopped, the victims must be protected, and the perpetrators must be prosecuted.

You can count on the United States to stand by your side as we work together to carry out these difficult tasks. In this way, together, we can create a stable, prosperous, and democratic Southeast Europe.


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