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Serb representatives want security force for northern Kosovo

 

 

 

The Serb political representatives in northern Kosovo-Metohija backed the Serbian government and president in their demand that a "special security force" be set up in that part of the province.

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Montenegro Opposition Demand NATO Referendum

 

 

 

The head of the opposition Democratic Front says a decision to join NATO will only be acceptable if it follows a referendum.

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Kosovo to Have Army by 2019

 

 

 

The current Kosovo Security Forces will be transformed into an army within the next 5 years.

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US Opens Military Transit Hub in Romania

 

 

 

The United States has opened a military transit centre in eastern Romania for use by its forces withdrawing from Afghanistan.

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NATO Secretary General discusses European Defence and Ukraine in Greece

 

 

 

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed European efforts to develop military capabilities with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday (21 February 2014), wrapping up a two-day visit to Athens which included attending an informal meeting of EU defence ministers.

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Bosnia Police Chief Predicts New Protests

 

 

 

The police chief of Bosnia's Federation entity, Dragan Lukac, has warned of new mass protests in March - a month after they first escalated, resulting in arrests, injuries and damage to buildings.

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Montenegrin Minister Says NATO Sole Option

 

 

 

Igor Luksic said that neutrality is not a realistic option for Montenegro, if only because it is more expensive than membership of NATO.

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Clashes in Ukraine Worry Neighbouring Romania

 

 

 

With no end to the crisis in Ukraine in sight, the President has expressed the alarm felt by many in the region.

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Turkish opposition unsatisfied with changes to intelligence bill

 

 

 

The government has announced it will amend two articles in a controversial draft law on the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) following harsh reactions by the opposition, which maintains that the bill bestows extraordinary powers on MİT while rendering members of the intelligence organization almost untouchable before the law.

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NATO Secretary General thanks Macedonian Prime Minister for strong contribution to NATO operations

 

 

 

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski at NATO headquarters on Wednesday (12 February).

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Turkey, only NATO country on FATF's gray list

 

 

 

 

NATO member Turkey has remained on the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international body for setting the global standards for combating terrorist financing (CFT), due to insufficient laws and capabilities to counter terrorism financing in Turkey.

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Albania, a valued NATO Ally in the Western Balkans

 

 

 

General Knud Bartels visited Albania from 5-6 February 2014, with the aim of discussing the country's defence reforms and strengthening military-to-military cooperation.

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NATO’s relations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

 

 

NATO and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ actively cooperate in a range of areas, with a particular emphasis on defence and security sector reform, as well as support for wider democratic and institutional reform. The country joined the Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 1999 and aspires to join the Alliance.

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NATO’s relations with Montenegro

 

 

 

Montenegro joined the Partnership for Peace in December 2006. The country aspires to join NATO and was invited to join the Membership Action Plan in December 2009. Democratic, institutional and defence reforms are a key focus of cooperation.

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NATO’s relations with Serbia

 

 

 

Serbia has been a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme since December 2006. Democratic, institutional, and defence reforms are a key focus of cooperation. While not an aspirant for membership of the Alliance, the country is currently in discussions with NATO on deepening cooperation through the development of an Individual Partnership Action Plan.

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