Updated: 07-Dec-2001 NATO Speeches

7 Dec. 2001


by H.E. Mrs. Arta Dade
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania
at the EAPC Foreign Ministers Meeting

Lord Roberstson, Secretary General
Dear Colleagues

The institutional co-operation we established ten years ago through then North Atlantic Council of Co-operation (NACC), today Euro Atlantic Partnership Council reflected one of the greatest changes in the recent history of mankind.

To be frank, at that time we thought that once done with the evil of communism, times ahead would have been easier, with less threats and harder work in order to establish solid democracies and flourishing market economies.

Ten years latter we are perfectly aware that this was not the case. Not only hard work was required internally in all of our nations, we also had to cope with old and new evils, both remnants of the past times, but also monstrous organizations that demand their views be imposed on us, on our values and way of life as the horrific events of the 11 of September this year demonstrated.

Since day one, Albania considered the attacks against US as an attack against values it stands for. Yet convinced that words are not enough, Albania aligned itself with the world coalition against terror. For this purpose we offered the use of our military infrastructure and made available 500 special troops for possible use in potential operations if need be.

Internally, measures are being strengthened in order to guarantee an effective participation in the world-wide fight against terrorism.

Allow me to briefly outline some of the measures taken to this end from the Republic of Albania in the framework of the action against terrorism.

The Albanian Parliament adopted soon after the terrorist attacks a platform as member of the international alliance against terrorism. On the basis of this platform the Albanian Parliament will closely follow the fight against international terrorism in all its complexity, political, juridical, military and economic aspects.

The Albanian Government is committed to maximally increase its efforts to strengthen the Albania's border control.

The Bank of Albania and Ministry of Finance are in charge of exercising continuos control, in order to identify and prevent depositing, circulating, or transferring money by the foundations or individuals financing the terrorist actions.

We are perfectly aware that terrorism comes associated with other phenomena, that were until recently considered as "soft security threats". Organised crime and illegal trafficking serve terrorism directly or indirectly. It is for this reason that fight against them assumes a special importance under the new circumstances. Fighting those threats nationally is a must for the
nations that aspire freedom and democracy. Yet this is not enough. A close co-operation is needed regionally as well as world-wide. The recent meeting of the Public Order Ministers of South East Europe Co-operation Process, recently held in Tirana confirmed this.


Integration in Euro Atlantic institutions remains a strategic objective for the Albanian Government.

As we have begun the Third cycle of MAP process and the Prague Summit is approaching we are to intensify our efforts at the expectation that this Summit will further confirm the "open doors" policy of the Alliance. We believe that the
synergy that exists between our internal reforms and our efforts for NATO membership will bring about the much-awaited results.

Finally on a regional context let me shortly address some of the most important elements: This year Albania chairs the South East Europe Cooperation Process and in this capacityf we have made regional and Euro-Atlantic integration a priority.

Kosovo will continue to be a priority of the foreign policy of Albanian Government.

With this regard, we have greeted the calm and democratic way in which general elections took place here. Albania expects all the political
forces in Kosovo, Albanians and all other minorities included, to intensively engage in the democratic institution building process. They must be convinced that this is the only way that would lead Kosovo forward and make it part of the European family.

The FYROM crisis represent another hotbed in the region. The signing of the Ohrid Agreement is a basic on which further progress can be made on the road of long term and stable peace, stability, democracy and co-existence. Albania has expressed the support for the protection of the integrity and sovereignty of this country. The Albanian Government thinks that NATO's
presence in FYROM is a long term guarantee that helps to unblock the political process and reinforce peace and security on the ground.

Albania's relations with Yugoslavia constitute another important direction of our diplomacy. Strengthening of those relations will have a positive impact in the promotion of peace and security in the entire South East Europe.

Thank You

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