Wednesday, August 09, 2006

U.S. Senators call on Bush to support Serbia

8 August 2006 | Source:Beta

WASHINGTON DC -- 25 U.S. Senators are asking that the U.S. president supports the democratically elected Serbian government.

The letter argues that Serbia’s role is of vital importance for the future of South-Eastern Europe and America’s regional interests and that Belgrade has grown into a strong U.S. regional partner.

“In order to help transform Serbia, the U.S. should support the reforms in the military and the security sectors, encourage cooperation with the Serbian Army and enabling its officers to attend military colleges and courses in the U.S.”, the letter said.

The Senators remind that it is Serbia’s strategic goal to join the European and the Euro-Atlantic community and state that the Serbian government has once again expressed its strong dedication to the regional stability when it accepted the democratic will of Montenegro to become independent. “However, extremist groups in Kosovo are attempting to pressure Serbia in a way that would lead to destabilization. Serbian authorities are asking that we do not withdraw our support at this vital moment. NATO led KFOR must stay in Kosovo until it is clear that the government there can provide security for all citizens”, the U.S. Senators said in their letter.

“We strongly urge you to support President Boris Tadić and the democratically elected Serbian government”, the letter concludes.

(I uncovered the names of the senators through a reporter friend. They are as follows:)

James Inhofe (R-OK)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
George Voinovich (R-OH)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Larry Craig (R-ID)
Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Craig Thomas (R-WY)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AK)
Mark Pryor (D-AK)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Mel Martinez (R-FL)
Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)

A comment on that B92 website says that 41 other senators have joined them!

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