Clinton and Ashton in Sarajevo.


A stable, prosperous, democratic, and multiethnic Bosnia-Herzegovina & Balkans…

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Izjave za medije predsjedavajućeg Predsjedništva BiH Bakira Izetbegovića, državne sekretarke SADa Hillary Clinton i visoke predstavnice EU za vanjsku politiku i sigurnost Catherine Ashton

Izuzetno mi je zadovoljstvo da prvim damama svjetske diplomatije poželim dobrodošlicu u Bosnu i Hercegovinu.

Hvala vam na posjeti našoj zemlji, hvala za podršku koju su Evropska unija i Sjedinjene Američke Države pružile i nastavljaju da pružaju u procesima unutrašnjih i vanjskih integracija naše zemlje.

Vaša današnja posjeta je jasna i snažna potvrda duboke posvećenosti Sjedinjenih Američkih Država i Evropske unije Bosni i Hercegovini, te činjenici da naša zemlja ostaje u fokusu vaše pažnje.

Sjedinjene Američke Države i zemlje Evropske unije su investirale ogroman napor i sredstva u uspostavljanje i održanje mira u Bosni i Hercegovini. Uložile su silnu energiju, vrijeme, fondove, a prije svega njihovi političari, diplomati, vojnici, su rizikovali i gubili živote zajedno sa nama u misiji mira u BiH i regiji. U ime naroda Bosne i Hercegovine, iskreno im zahvaljujem. Zajednički ćemo učiniti sve da se ova investicija sačuva, zaštiti i da se osigura njen dugoročni uspjeh.

Vaša zajednička posjeta je najbolja potvrda jedinstvenih ciljeva, vizije i politike Sjedinjenih Američkih Država i Evropske unije spram BiH i regije.

Na sastanku koji smo upravo održali potvrđena je takva vizija budućnosti. Nastavit ćemo zajedničke napore u izgradnji multietničke, stabilne, prosperitetne, demokratske Bosne i Hercegovine koja će, u skoroj perspektivi, biti članicom Evropske unije i NATO saveza.

Dvije dame su istaknule da je BiH namjerno izabrana za početak ove regionalne turneje. Želi se poslati upravo ovakav jedan signal.

Istaknuto je da je evroatlantski put naše zemlje jedan realističan garant očuvanja mira, stabilnosti i postizanja ekonomskog prosperiteta naše zemlje i cijele regije.

Trenutni zastoj u reformskim procesima mora biti prevaziđen. SAD i EU će sigurno pomoći, ali posao moraju uraditi domaći lideri. Učinit će to kada prevaziđu uske interese, kada izađu iz prevaziđenih i potrošenih političkih i nacionalističkih šablona, te pokažu više spremnosti da gledaju u budućnost i postignu neophodne kompromise. Moramo se konačno okrenuti i posvetiti izgradnji zajedničke budućnosti u ovoj zemlji. Odgovornost je na nama samima, budućnost Bosne i Hercegovine je u našim rukama. Ali kontinuirani angažman, pomoć i podrška Sjedinjenih Američkih Država i Evropske unije su od presudnog značaja za dalji napredak.

Ukazano je da u odnosu na retoriku, koja dovodi u pitanje suverenitet i teritorijalni integritet Bosne i Hercegovine, koja pominje moguće podjele zemlje i slično, dakle da ta retorika samo vodi unazad, da je retrogradna i da će Evropska unija i Sjedinjene Američke Države podržati isključivo jedinstvenu Bosnu i Hercegovinu. Dakle, žele da razgovaraju samo sa jednom adresom u Bosni i Hercegovini i vide Bosnu i Hercegovinu u NATO savezu i Evropskoj uniji isključivo kao jednu jedinstvenu zemlju.

Ja sam skrenuo pažnju da, upravo imajući navedeno u vidu, prelazak sa takozvane dejtonske u briselsku fazu, mora biti veoma pažljivo izvedena. Daytonski sporazum nije dovršen u cijelosti i potrebno nam je dalje snažno prisustvo Sjedinjenih Američkih Država, koje su krucijalno pomogle u postizanju mira i Dejtonskog sporazuma.

Mandati i ovlasti visokog predstavnika, EUFOR-a i NATO, ne smiju biti preuranjeno i nepromišljeno izmješteni. To će biti moguće učiniti tek kada BiH pređe rubikon, tj. kada proces evroatlantskih integracija dostigne nepovratnu tačku.

U vezi sa ispunjavanjem uslova za postizanje, dakle za početak preuzimanja prvog nacionalnog plana, prvog Membership Action Plana za Bosnu i Hercegovinu, državna sekretarka Clinton je zatražila od nas da, u skladu sa Odlukom Ustavnog suda, hitno izvršimo dodjeljivanje 63 lokacije, u skladu sa Presudom Ustavnog suda i Odlukom Predsjedništva i obećala da će se ona lično potruditi da, na sljedećem ministarskom Summitu NATO-a, koji će biti održan u decembru, Bosna i Hercegovina dobije zeleno svjetlo za MAP.

Bakir Izetbegović:

Predsjedavajući Predsjedništva BiH

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I was thanking the Presidents for welcoming me back to Sarajevo. It is wonderful to be here again. I was here two years ago, and at that time, I expressed the commitment of the United States of America to a stable, prosperous, democratic, and multiethnic Bosnia-Herzegovina. We remain deeply committed to that goal, and I am pleased to be here with the High Representative Cathy Ashton, because it’s important that we convey a united message to the people of this country.

The United States shares with the European Union a vision of a peaceful, stable, prosperous Bosnia-Herzegovina that is fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic institutions. We believe that joining the European Union and NATO offers this country, especially the young people of this country, the best path to lasting stability and prosperity. We have no doubt that Bosnia-Herzegovina belongs in Europe. And we also believe strongly that the young people, some of whom I was privileged to meet with two years ago, deserve that kind of future.

Now since my visit in 2010, there has been some progress toward these goals. Last month’s local elections showed the strength of the people’s commitment to their own future. Free and fair elections, including voting rights for internally displaced people and returnees, are a key element of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s future as a member of the EU and of the Euro-Atlantic Alliance.

We are here today to urge that all of the leaders of this country find common ground and act in the interests of the people. Obstacles that the country faced when I was last here still remain. Key reforms have not yet been made. Party differences stand in the way of shared progress. Now, as I know very well, coming from a political background in the United States, political compromise is rarely easy, but it is absolutely necessary. And so we hope that that compromise, which demonstrates brave and courageous leadership, can be made in order to move the country forward.

In addition, it is totally unacceptable that, 17 years after the war ended, some still question Bosnia-Herzegovina’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Such talk is a distraction from the problems facing the country and serves only to undermine the goal of European integration. The Dayton Accords must be respected and preserved, period.

The choice to make the necessary reforms and move beyond narrow political interests does not, however, belong to either the United States or the European Union. It belongs to you, the people and leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina. And as I conveyed in our meetings today, that future must be shaped by you, but the United States stands with the people in urging that the leaders do the business of the people and move forward.

The United States is very proud of our relationship with Bosnia and Herzegovina. We were your partner through the Dayton process, we worked together to repair infrastructure destroyed by war, to bring to justice those who committed war crimes, to honor the victims, including those who died in the genocide at Srebrenica so they will never be forgotten and the lessons can be learned that this will never, ever happen again. We are invested in your future success.

So we are here today to urge leaders to put aside their political differences, put aside the rhetoric of dissolution, secession, denial of what tragically happened in the war, for the sake of the future of the young people of this country. That is the solemn obligation of any leader in the world today. And we call on all, particularly the people, to demonstrate your commitment to tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness. That is the path to a multiethnic, democratic Bosnia-Herzegovina that is a member of the European Union, a member of NATO, a part of Europe that is whole, democratic, and free. That is the future that we know the people of this country want, and the United States will continue to work with you to achieve it.

Well, first let me say that our goals are exactly the same. We want to see Bosnia-Herzegovina move toward the multiethnic, stable, prosperous democracy anchored in Europe and the Euro-Atlantic Alliance that is reflected in every report about the views and aspirations of the people yourselves.

Secondly, I can speak on behalf of NATO and can reiterate what the President said. There was an agreement last March about a way forward that would give you MAP, the action plan for membership. The constitutional court has clarified any remaining legal doubt about how to resolve the state property issue. Therefore, if there can be final decision coming out of the presidency in November, I will personally go to the NATO Ministerial in Brussels in December to push for MAP to be given to you.

We also strongly support the EU roadmap that Cathy Ashton has spoken to. So there is absolute unity in our goals. We want to see you in NATO, and we want to see you in the EU. But we have been – I will be honest with you – frustrated that your leadership has not, fairly, in our view, reflected the aspirations of the great majority of your people to move quickly toward NATO and EU.

So yes, is there a political crisis? There is. And that political crisis can only be resolved by leadership. Are there some structural issues that need to be addressed through constitutional reform? Yes, there are. Dayton was intended to end the war and begin the process of state building. We want to see the necessary constitutional changes that would give you greater flexibility and functionality, decided upon by the leaders and the people of the country.

But we’re here today with an unequivocal strong message: We are united in our goals to see you in NATO and EU as quickly as you possibly can, and we worry that if you do not make progress, you will be left behind in the rest of the region. We leave here and go to Belgrade. Belgrade is on the path for Serbia to become a member of the EU. We will then go to Pristina. Kosovo is on the path for a lot of positive changes. You’ve already seen Croatia go into the EU. You’ve got other neighbors who are making progress. This country has more potential than anyone if you will do what is necessary. That is our message.

Let me just add that we so appreciate Cathy’s leadership in a unified P-5+1 approach, our dual-track approach, as she mentioned. So our message to Iran is clear: The window remains open to resolve the international community’s concerns about your nuclear program diplomatically and to relieve your isolation, but that window cannot remain open indefinitely. Therefore, we hope that there can be serious, good-faith negotiations commenced soon.

Regarding Ukraine, we share the view of the OSCE monitors that Sunday’s elections constituted a step backward for Ukrainian democracy. It was a step backward from the parliamentary elections and the 2010 presidential election. And we reiterate our deep concern that the politically motivated convictions of opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, prevented them from running and standing in these elections, and we call upon the Government of Ukraine to put an immediate end to the selective prosecution and detention of political opponents.

Like the rest of Europe, the people of Ukraine deserve so much better. They deserve to live in a country with strong democratic institutions, that respects the rule of law, and these elections did not advance those goals. So the United States remains committed to the people of Ukraine. We want to work with them to strengthen their democracy, sovereignty, and independence of their state, as we have for more than 20 years. And we call upon the leadership to stop the backward slide that Ukraine is in and start, once again, living up to the aspirations of the Ukrainian people, and the United States will stand with them as they do.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

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Thank you very much President Izetbegović, Secretary Hillary and everybody. It is great honour to be in this fabulous city of Sarajevo I am here today to underline our strong joint commitment for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We want to see a united, stable, prosperous, multi-ethnic country taking its rightful place in European and Transatlantic structures.

I want to be clear that there is no doubt among the 27 Member States of the European Union that your future is in the European Union. Today, I want to underline that the EU perspective is real and has our unanimous support.

I am also here to say that action is required from the country’s political leaders. To make its EU future real, to achieve what the overwhelming majority of citizens here want, it is important to look beyond domestic divisions, political rivalries and vested interests. Otherwise, this country, risks being left behind by other countries in the region, who are making progress towards the EU.

I believe people here want the real, pressing challenges – such as the economy, jobs, the rule of law– to be addressed. There is no time to waste on unproductive debates, such as those which question the statehood of this country.

Today, I’ve encouraged the Presidency to work together with all political forces to achieve quick and concrete progress on the EU agenda.

I believe the first priority is to put into effect the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the Sejdic – Finci case. That will allow the EU to put into force our Stabilisation and Association Agreement and BiH to take further steps in EU integration, including a credible membership application.

In June 2012, political leaders agreed a Road Map to implement the key requirements and move this country towards Europe. This Road Map remains key to show commitment to EU integration, and we want to see effective and determined action from the authorities.

The European Union is ready to provide the necessary help. You will have our continued support and advice to help your country in its European Union aspirations.

We want to see Bosnia and Herzegovina to succeed. We know it can.

The purpose of our visit is to show the united approach of the EU and the United States of America and the importance we attach to this country and its future and its success. We’ve outlined in our discussion with the Presidents the elements that we believe need to happen in order for the country to move forward. They’re well known in terms of dealing with the immediate issues and also of recognizing the importance of political leadership to take the country forward. And we really hope that the message that will go out from this meeting is the strength of our support, but also the urgency of our action.

As you know, in New York, I was feeding back to the P-5+1/E-3+3 ministers on the discussions I’d been having with Dr. Jalili, who is the chief negotiator for the Iranians, on how to move forward. It is, as you know, my view that we have a twin-track approach of pressure and negotiation. The pressure you’ll have seen most recently in new rounds of sanctions from the European Union, and we continue to try and find ways to move forward on our negotiations.

Over the weekend, there was a contact between my deputy and Dr. Jalili’s deputy, and I will be making contact with Dr. Jalili in the near future. And I will continue to do everything I possibly can to move these negotiations forward, and I am pleased to do so with the full support of the ministers from the P-5+1/E-3+3, which is enormously important if we’re to make the progress I’d like to make.

Catherine Ashton

EU High Representative.

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Joint Press Statements by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Dacic, and EU High Representative Cathy Ashton

I wish to express my pleasure for having here the State Secretary Mrs. Clinton and Lady Ashton. It is an exceptional pleasure for us in the first hundred days of Serbia’s functioning, we can talk about the High Representatives of the highest – the most important states in the world and the most important international organization. We are – of course, we have over a hundred years long diplomacy with the diplomatic relationship with the United States, and I believe that vouches for new grounds and new relationships and to start rebuilding our mutual respect and trust.

And we have a very good relationships with the United States, and of course it is very obvious that we want to become a member of the European Union. I also wish to say, because there were so many speculations lately, why our guests are coming right now to Serbia. They did not come, and they didn’t wish to pose any ultimatums or any conditions, and I am very grateful that they came over to talk with us about topics which are of crucial interest for Serbia, and those are topics on how to further on our integration process and also how Serbia can get real date to start negotiations.

And of course, as we all know, those are issues regarding our reforms and also how are we going to build our relationship with Pristina and Kosovo. And our first days of reign actually proved that we can successfully defend the certain policy that would go towards resolving problems instead of policy that will be actually the cause for problems and creating problems.

And of course, I offered my condolences and sympathy of Serbia regarding those victims that fell during ongoing storm, and we also offered if Serbia would be able to help United States clearing up and the whole mess after that storm.

The United States is a big investor with about $1.7 billion in Serbia, and we also had very significant commerce with the United States and we believe that that commerce and exchange can increase. Right now it is about $420 million worth, and I am very grateful for Secretary Clinton’s offer to promote and to support and sponsor certain programs that would attract investments to Serbia. And that means a lot and that means a lot to me, and Serbia actually received the very clear message both from United States and European Union, and I reiterated that Serbia is ready to build democratic society and democratic institutions, a society that would respect human rights and liberties, freedom of media, rule of law.

And we are very happy with cooperation with United States in fighting organized crime, terrorism, and corruption, and also on a military level, and we are ready to go on furthering on that kind of cooperation. And Serbia is going to do everything that is necessary to fulfill obligations that are a prerequisite for our negotiations with the European Union, and that means that we are going to go on with our legal reform, fighting corruption, and by the way, a very positive evaluation on 26 points out of 30. We also want to build the regional cooperation, trust, and reconciliation in the region.

When it comes to Kosovo, we are committed to resolving all problems peacefully, and we are open for negotiations about all Kosovo issues and to resolve all those issues in coming period. Generations that are coming do not deserve to be left to tackle with that burden, and in that respect, this government took that responsibility that on one side carry out those agreements that previous government took and also to carry out new agreements regarding telecommunication and energy. And we also took the responsibility and the risk to take part in the dialogue that is, as you well known, recently started at the meeting at the auspice of Lady Ashton, and we expect that that negotiations and dialogue will be continued in November.

We already spoke about that, and I’m very grateful to Lady Ashton for her attitude that she had during that meeting, and she kept repeating that she is not pushing Serbia and that the European Union is not pushing Serbia to accept anything that Serbia doesn’t want. And that was reiterated by Secretary Clinton that the United States are not going to make pressure on Serbia to do something that it cannot do and to accept – to recognize Kosovo, but that we are all together ready to do something about relationship between Kosovo and Serbia which would benefit the citizens of both. And so that has been defined in the resume of European Union.

Let us not talk about political issues with Pristina. Let us see if we can build maybe highway, if we can modernize railway, build projects in energy pipeline under the auspice of European Union. We are very, very much in concert with Pristina in that respect, and that is the first time that we are getting to some common ground. We are not going to recognize Kosovo, but we are ready to talk. We believe that it has to be connected with accelerated negotiations with European Union.

We also talked, and I fully supported Prosecutor Williamson who comes from the United States, and I am very, very confident that he is going to do that job honestly and professionally. We want during our mandate to resolve all those issues to become very honest and reliable partners, and we want to have a consistent relationship with our partners, and we want to stand behind those issues. But we also ask the United States and European Union not to use movable targets. Serbia is ready to be the strongest and most reliable partner in the Balkans.

We didn’t talk – I know that there are not going to be questions on your part if we had any conditions being imposed on us, what was the talks. The talks were very constructive, very fair, and this is representing our mutual resolution to keep going towards Europe, and on the other hand, we are encouraging all participants in the process to make a step forward to build a mutual understanding with Kosovo and to come to solutions that would be beneficial for all our citizens.

And I am very grateful for this visit, and I – Secretary Clinton is not here for the first time, and I wish her very much success in upcoming elections in the United States. As it comes for Lady Ashton, we are going to see with her – meet with her in November.

Ivaca Dacic

Serbian Prime Minister

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I’m sorry for jumping the gun. I’m eager to say how pleased I am to be back in Serbia and to have this opportunity to continue consultations that I started with President Nikolic in New York, and I have carried on today with him and the Prime Minister, alongside Cathy Ashton, because it’s important that the people of Serbia know that we, the United States, are committed to working closely with the European Union to support Serbia’s membership in the EU. And in order to achieve that, we strongly support the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.

We are committed to seeing Serbia, and all the countries in this region, realize their aspirations for integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic community. And we share the goal of a whole, free, and democratic Europe that includes Serbia and all its neighbors because we believe this is first and foremost in the interests of the people of Serbia and the people of the region, and it is the surest path to a future of peace, stability, and prosperity. So the United States will do all that we can to support that goal.

Regarding the direct dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, the United States urges all parties to implement the agreements reached to date and to advance concrete measures that will normalize relations. But I want to underscore what Cathy Ashton said: This dialogue does not require Serbia to recognize Kosovo. We understand the constitutional and political difficulty of that occurring. However, the dialogue does call for the two governments to move forward with practical agreements that serve the everyday security and economic interests of all the people of Serbia and Kosovo.

And we applaud the recent meeting between Prime Minister Dacic and Prime Minister Thaci with High Representative Ashton in Brussels. Elevating the level of the talks presents an opportunity for both countries to make long-awaited progress on key issues such as freedom of movement, customs, utilities, government services, and to look at the ways in which the Serbs in Kosovo can be given the reassurance and support they are seeking within Kosovo and still maintain their ties to and their long-lasting commitment to Serbia. Kosovo is an independent nation. The boundaries of Europe will not change. But there is a great deal that can be accomplished by Serbia and Kosovo working together for the betterment of the people of both nations.

I understand that this is difficult, but it goes hand in hand with meeting the needs of the Serbian people. Because in addition to supporting Serbia’s EU membership and the dialogue that has now begun, I reiterated our country’s commitment to the bilateral relationship and partnership the United States has with Serbia. This is my second trip to Belgrade as Secretary of State. It is a signal of our desire to strengthen and deepen our wide-ranging relationship. As the Prime Minister said, we already work together on trade and investment, on security and law enforcement. Our people are connected by bonds of family and culture with so many in Serbia.

We were laughing at the meeting about trying to determine exactly how many Serbian Americans there are. It’s quite a large number, and we’re very proud of that. So we want to explore new avenues for partnership because we want to see the people, particularly the young people of Serbia, flourish in their own country, in Europe, and in the world.

I’ve looked at a lot of the statistics concerning the young people of Serbia, a well-educated, internet savvy, culturally smart population who deserve to have economic opportunities, who deserve to have a future in Europe, who deserve to have every opportunity that every other young European has. That is what the United States wants to see for Serbia and the people of Serbia. We did not come here to set conditions. We did not come here to exercise any control, because we have none. The future of Serbia is up to Serbia. And it’s up to the Serbs yourselves. But the United States cares deeply about that future, and particularly, as I have said, for the smart, young people here in this country.

And so we will maintain our commitment to Serbia and to the region. We will remain focused on helping to build a strong and stable future for the Balkans and for all of Europe. And we will stand as friends and partners of the people of Serbia. And, as the Prime Minister said, we will be looking for new ways to assist this new government and the people who wish to have the kind of future that only you can shape for yourselves.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

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Well, first of all, can I say how pleased I am to be here in Belgrade today, and it’s very good to be here, because this follows up for me the meetings I’ve had with President Nikolic both in Brussels and in New York and my discussions with you, Prime Minister. I’ve seen you twice in the last two months, most recently, of course, about ten days ago.

And I’m here today with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to express our joint commitment towards Serbia and its future in the European Union. I say again: Serbia’s future is in the European Union. And as you know, in the last year, Serbia has made significant progress towards its European future and it has become a candidate country.

Our discussions today in part focused on what’s needed now for Serbia to move forward and to keep moving at a good pace. I encouraged the President and the Prime Minister to intensify reforms. And of course, judicial reforms are extremely important in that context. And as you said, Prime Minister, we discussed the dialogue that the European Union – I am facilitating between Belgrade and Pristina.

Let me be clear that this dialogue is in the interests of both sides. Its objective, its clear objective is to improve people’s lives and to help solve problems. And in doing so, it will bring Serbia and Kosovo closer to the European Union. As you said, I chaired a joint meeting with Prime Minister Dacic and Prime Minister Thaci in Brussels less than two weeks ago, and we agreed to continue the dialogue between the two, and we plan to meet again very soon. It’s vital that all the agreements that are reached through this dialogue are fully enacted by both sides. We’ve seen real progress recently, and I hope – we would like to – we would very much like to see this continue.

But let me stress: The dialogue of Pristina and the normalization of relations, as we call it, which is not asking for recognition, is really important. There are no other realistic or better alternatives, and things will not get easier if difficult discussions are simply put off. This is good for Serbia, and it’s good for Kosovo. It’s good for your future and for the everyday lives of the people in this region. And I do thank President Nikolic for agreeing that Serbia would participate in the dialogue, and to you, Prime Minister, I pay real tribute for the contribution you have already made, and I know will make in the future.

Catherine Ashton

EU High Representative.

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U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Programs Promote Security in the Balkans

The U.S. Department of State invested $12.6 million of Fiscal Year 2012 funds in support for Conventional Weapons Destruction programs in South East Europe to help promote that region’s peace and security by reducing its Cold War-era stocks of excess arms and deteriorating munitions. The funds will also help to save lives and protect communities by safely clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance left behind from the conflicts in the Balkans region during the 1990s.

ITF Enhancing Human Security, a non-governmental organization that has been the main implementing partner in the Balkans for the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, received almost $10.4 million to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia; provide technical training to Kosovo’s Mine Action Center; oversee separate stockpile destruction projects in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro; and provide administrative support to the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) initiative. This funding has also enabled the successful completion of clearance of unexploded ordnance following the accidental explosion at the Chelopechene munitions depot in Bulgaria, and supports ongoing clearance of unexploded ordnance at a munitions depot that blew up in Gerdec, Albania in 2008.

The NATO Support Agency received $2 million dollars in support of continued technical oversight and capital upgrades to the ULP Mjekes plant in Albania where tons of the country’s excess and unstable munitions dating to the Cold War are being safely demilitarized.

Sterling International received $160,000 to procure and deliver three 4×4-capable Ford Ranger pickup trucks to Kosovo’s Mine Action Center, allowing its personnel to reach remote minefields and battle area clearance sites to perform quality assurance and certification.

The Department of State also contributed $100,000 to supportDolphin 2012,” a U.S. Navy Marine Mammal deployment to Montenegro that trained Montenegrin, Croatian, and Slovenian divers to safely locate, clear, and survey underwater unexploded ordnance in the Bay of Kotor.

The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Since 1993, the Department of State has partnered with the Department of Defense, USAID’s Leahy War Victims Fund, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote peace and security by delivering more than $2 billion in such assistance in more than 90 countries. To learn more about our Conventional Weapons Destruction efforts.

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