18 April 2018 National Assembly Deputy Speaker Djordje Milicevic and the delegation of the NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Djordje Milicevic Meets with NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities Delegation
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Djordje Milicevic received today a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities headed by Sub-Committee Chairperson Joao Rebelo.
“We respect the Serbian Government’s decision on your country’s sovereignty and the neutrality option you chose and we would like to cooperate with you on that basis. We respect your efforts and participation in world peace missions in these times when we all need peace”, said Rebelo.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Djordje Milicevic said that the visit of the NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities is one more proof of Serbia’s key role in the region. He said that he was pleased by the dynamics of the Serbian stranding delegation’s cooperation with the international organization, wherein it gives its best to contribute to its operation and help promote the partnership.
“As a military neutral country we want to help to contribute to peace in the region by advancing cooperation and dialogue. This is evidenced in our participation in the Partnership for Peace which provides a broader framework for political dialogue and cooperation”, said Milicevic.
Deputy Speaker Milicevic listed the most important treaties between Serbia and the Alliance ratified by the National Assembly, as well as the programmes and projects through which the Serbian institutions cooperate with the Alliance. Among them he highlighted the cooperation between the Serbian Armed Forces and KFOR in the field.
“KFOR is the key guarantor of safety of the Serbian and non-Albanian populace of Kosovo-Metohija and of the implementation of the Brussels Agreement. We applaud NATO’s intention to keep the same number of troops in the field. We expect NATO not to endorse the formation of the so called Kosovo Armed Forces and that it would maintain its military neutral status. We condemn the recent events in Kosovska Mitrovica the goal of which was to escalate violence of large proportions and we are disappointed by the lack of reaction from KFOR and NATO. The success of the dialogue and the implementation of the agreement are directly connected with safety in the north of Kosovo-Metohija”, said Deputy Speaker Milicevic.
The meeting attended by, besides the delegation members from eight NATO PA member states, NATO PA President Paolo Alli and NATO PA Secretary General David Hobbs, also touched on the participation of Serbian medical personnel in world missions, cyber security and related cooperation between Serbia and NATO, as well as Serbia’s progress in the EU accession process.
Deputy Speaker Milicevic said that EU accession is Serbia’s key foreign policy goal.
“We are achieving results we believe will be properly appreciated in the future. This Government will complete the political and economic reforms and make it possible for Serbia to remain what it is today – the pillar of regional cooperation striving for peace, stability and good-neighbourly relations in the region. This Government will protect our national and state interests, safety and human lives to the best of its abilities. For us, there is no alternative to dialogue and that is the way to come to a compromise solution. We want to talk so that we may have a future”, said Milicevic.
NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities Chairperson Joao Rebelo repeated that the organization respects Serbia’s decision on military neutrality and cooperation with NATO through the Partnership for Peace programme. He said that Serbia is the pillar of regional stability and shared his concern about the recent events in Kosovo-Metohija.
The NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities will be visiting Serbia from 17 to 19 April 2018, and the delegation comprises MPs from Portugal, Lithuania, the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia, Spain and Turkey.