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Updated: 03-Oct-2001 Week of 24-30 September 2001

28-29 Sept. 2001

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
shows interest in PfP

Prospects for the security inclusion of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the Partnership for Peace and Euro-Atlantic community was the theme of the first NATO-sponsored seminar held in Belgrade, 28-29 September.

High-level participants from the Yugoslav government, including President Kostunica's adviser, Simic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Svilanovic, as well as representatives from the Russian Embassy in Belgrade, journalists, non-governmental organisations, academics from Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Brussels and representatives from NATO attended the two-day seminar.

Its aim was to take stock of public feeling and the political consequences, in particular regarding relations with Russia, of potential membership of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to NATO's Partnership for Peace programme. The practical implications of the programme itself, as well as its role in drawing the Federal Republic Yugoslavia toward European integration were also addressed at great length.

Partnership for Peace was established in 1994 to enable non-member countries to develop practical cooperation with the Alliance in areas such as defence planning and budgetary processes, the democratic control of the armed forces, joint military exercises, language courses and scientific and environmental activities.