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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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NATO's role in Kosovo

 

 

 

 

NATO has been leading a peace-support operation in Kosovo since June 1999 in support of wider international efforts to build peace and stability in the area.

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Deadly Weekend on Albania’s Highways

 

 

 

Albania’s opposition and governming party have exchanged jibes over the country's dire road-safety situation after 11 people lost their lives in two traffic accidents over the weekend.

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EU to Consider Intervention in Bosnia if Tension Escalates

 

 

 

An eventual escalation of tension in Bosnia might result in intervention of EU forces.

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New round of Cyprus reunification talks set to go ahead

 

 

 

Greek and Turkish Cypriots have agreed on a roadmap prepared by the UN to resume reunification talks, the Turkish Cypriot leadership said Friday (07.02.2014).

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Reuters: Κοντά σε συμφωνία για έκδοση κοινού ανακοινωθέντος στο Κυπριακό

Κοντά σε συμφωνία για έκδοση κοινού ανακοινωθέντος, που θα επιτρέψει την έναρξη των διαπραγματεύσεων στο Κυπριακό, βρίσκεται η ελληνοκυπριακή και η τουρκοκυπριακή πλευρά, ανακοίνωσε σήμερα η Κύπρος.

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Albania Urges Neighbours to Fight Crime Jointly

 

 

 

Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri has written to his Greek and Italian counterparts, calling for greater cooperation among regional security agencies in the fight against organized crime.

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Open Hearing of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, (20.01.2014)

 

 

 

Current and Projected National Security Threats Against the United States

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

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US Officials on Balkan Counter-Terrorism Mission

 

 

 

The US has sent a counter-terrorism delegation to Albania and the region, amid reports that the number of Muslims from the Balkans joining al-Qaeda-affiliated groups fighting in Syria is growing.

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Kosovo Slaps Visas on Bosnian Visitors

 

 

 

Kosovo has introduced visas for visitors from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a reciprocal measure.

Bosnia has been added to the list of states whose citizens will need now visas to enter Kosovo, the government said in a press release on Wednesday (22.01.2014).

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Greek fighter jets harass Turkish recon aircraft

 

 

 

A Turkish aircraft conducting a reconnaissance flight over Aegean international airspace was harassed by Greek F-16s five times, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced on (20.01.2014)

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