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Croatian PM

Croatian PM

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Croatian PM Speech at SAIS
David Bresnahan-McRaeMay 25, 2010On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Prime Minister of Croatia, Jadranka Kosor, gave a talk entitled,“Croatia’s Role in Fostering a Euro-Atlantic Perspective for Southeastern Europe,”at The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies inWashington, DC. She began by discussing Croatia’s achievements in the past tenyears and their newfound acceptance into the circle of western countries,emphasizing Croatia’s pride in their membership of NATO and the United Nations,and friendship with the United States. The Prime Minister highlighted Croatia’sinvolvement in Afghanistan, and involvement in fourteen peacekeeping missionsaround the world that involve Croatian troops serving beside NATO, the EuropeanUnion, and the United Nations, to maintain security in Europe and in the world.The Prime Minister said that Croatia’s European Union accession talks have enteredtheir final stage as her government continues to combat corruption, and organizedcrime. Kosor said that Croatia cannot reach its highest potential if they do not havestable neighbors, specifically Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. InApril, Kosor met with President Obama and took that opportunity to express her desire for American support for her neighbors to receive a European Unionmembership action plan. She stressed the necessity for NATO’s door to remain opento the countries of Southeastern Europe, and for stronger diplomatic relations between the rest of the world and Croatia’s neighbors. Prime Minister Kosor saidthat these actions are in the interest of a strong Croatia, and in a more peaceful andsecure world.Kosor’s plans to strengthen southeastern Europe are realistic, but must be executedcarefully if she wants to shape a more secure and prosperous region of the world. Inorder for Croatia to assist their neighbors they must first work internally to fightcorruption and increase transparency in their government. This will be one of the lastimprovements made to the government before they are fully accepted as members of the EU. Kosor’s government must also work for better treatment of non-Croatswithin the country, as human rights issues within Croatia continue to concernmembers of the European Union. As a leader in the region, Croatia must work towards, and support, the de-Balkanization of its neighbors through public outreach

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