|Updated: 22-Nov-2002||NATO Speeches|
22 Nov. 2002
by H.E. Georgi Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Mr. Secretary General,
Yesterday, I had a chance to express my gratification at the historic
decision for the enlargement of NATO and the invitation to my country.
I am sure that the door of the Alliance will remain open for the other
candidate countries that did not receive an invitation this time.
By its decisions at this forum the Alliance has proved yet again that
it is capable of adapting dynamically and reacting efficiently to the
new risks and challenges of the 21st century. The adaptation of the Euro-Atlantic
partnership will constitute an essential part of the Alliance's "transformation".
Bulgaria welcomes the results of the comprehensive review of the Euro-Atlantic
Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace to be endorsed at today's
session. The implementation of our common vision and specific ideas will
lend the partnership a fresh dynamism as well as a greater capability
to cope with the new security challenges.
Fighting international terrorism and the non-proliferation of the weapons
for mass destruction remain priority tasks for the free and democratic
world. The Partnership Action Plan Against Terrorism equips us with an
excellent instrument for intensive cooperation and interaction.
The region of Southeastern Europe to whose stability NATO committed itself
seriously in 1999 is increasingly becoming a firewall for Europe against
the new security risks. Here I wish to highlight the two-plus-two dialogue
between Bulgaria and Romania, Greece and Turkey that has been contributing
to the consolidation of NATO's Southern flank and a stronger presence
of the Alliance in the region of the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.
From a more general perspective, the regional cooperation in Southeastern
Europe within the Euro-Atlantic framework is becoming an ever more reliable
instrument of confidence building and containmentof instability. This
is why we are willing to share our experience and lessons learnt with
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am convinced that in a matter of days in Copenhagen the European leaders
will adopt just as bold and farsighted decisions for the enlargement of
the EU as were adopted here in Prague. This year the Republic of Bulgaria
has made considerable progress in its negotiations for full membership.
This gives us grounds to expect a concrete target date for accession -
1 January 2007. After Prague, Copenhagen must become the next building
block in the construction of United Europe!
In conclusion I would like to thank our host Vaclav Havel for the excellent
organization of this historic forum!
Thank you for your attention!