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Romanian FM presents NATO Summit political agenda
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09:22, March 21, 2008

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The success of the NATO Summit meeting in Bucharest depends on the accomplishment of some concrete goals such as the expansion of the alliance, the strengthening of the Euro-Atlantic partnership and the settlement of the Kosovo issue, Romanian Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu told a press conference here on Thursday.

Romania favors an extensive enlargement of the alliance with all three hopefuls -- Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. "The invitation of the three states would strengthen the southern flank of the alliance, expanding the security and stability area in the Balkans," said Cioroianu.

He underscored that he hopes the NATO Summit to take the relation of North-Atlantic Alliance with its partners in the Western Balkans -- Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro -- to a superior stage.

"In Serbia's case, we hope that the summit in Bucharest will launch a strong message regarding the willingness of the alliance to cooperate with Belgrade, as soon as the Serbian authorities are prepared," said Cioroianu.

The event is also expected to further feed Georgia and Ukraine's membership aspirations, and the two be offered the Membership Action Plan (MAP).

"Romania is directly interested in seeing Georgia and Ukraine get an Euro-Atlantic anchor and backs approaches by the two states in this direction," he stressed.

He said that he had recent talks with the Georgian and Ukrainian foreign ministers whom he gave renewed assurance of Romania's support for their countries' being invited to the MAP.

Romania also wants the summit in Bucharest to reconfirm "the allies' unitary approach and action towards Afghanistan." He mentioned that a signal needs to be sent about "enhanced solidarity" of the entire international community.

Referring to Kosovo, Cioroianu said that Romania supports preparations for the role of the alliance in a controlled process for the management of the future of this territory.

The meeting is also expected to approach several challenges related to the current "hot security files": at stake are the fight of cyber attacks as well as progress in energy security.

A NATO-UN declaration is very likely to be adopted on the same occasion, representing a material result of the meeting, with particular relevance for the future of the organizations' cooperation, inclusively in theaters of operation like Afghanistan, Cioroianu revealed.

On the occasion of the summit, Romania will support the approval of a decision regarding the adoption of a NATO missile shield to complement and integrate with the U.S. system, according to the principle of NATO members' solidarity and indivisibility.


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