AccueilSALLE DE PRESSE200319 March 2003 - NATO parliamentarians meet in Belgrade
19 March 2003 - NATO parliamentarians meet in Belgrade
The NATO PA is holding its 54th Rose Roth seminar in Belgrade from 20 to 22 March. In the aftermath of the assassination of prime minister Zoran Djindjic, the meeting will focus the attention of the international community on the problems facing Serbia and Montenegro as it struggles to implement reforms, consolidate constitutional arrangements, and overcome the legacy of the former Yugoslavia with the goal of creating a stable democracy. With the conflict in Iraq pending, this event is a timely reminder of the unfinished business in this volatile region.
The seminar, organised in co-operation with the newly created Assembly of Serbia and Montenegro, will bring together approximately 60 parliamentarians from NATO and partner countries as well as more than 50 observers, including international security specialists, diplomats and representatives from international organisations.
The international, Alliance, and national perspectives of Serbia and Montenegro will be addressed respectively by Carl Bildt, former UN special envoy to the Balkans; Ambassador Günther Altenburg, Assistant Secretary General of NATO; and Goran Svilanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro.
The key issue of the relations between Serbia and Montenegro and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will be addressed by chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.
Dusan Mihailovic, Minister of the Interior, will tackle his country’s difficult struggle against corruption and organized crime.
The urgent and difficult process of defence reform will also be on the agenda with presentations by new Defence Minister Boris Tadic, general Branko Krga, Army’s Chief of Staff, and George Katsirdakis from NATO’s Defence Planning and Operations.
Finally, the relevance of Serbia and Montenegro to the broader region will be addressed by Ivan Vejvoda, advisor to the late prime minister Djindjic, and OSCE Ambassadors Robert Beecroft and Maurizio Massari, who will bring the their perspectives respectively from Sarajevo and Belgrade.