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08.06.2010 16:52
BALKANS, MILITARY, MEETING
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Slovenia Hosts SE Europe Defense Ministerial Meeting

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Slovenian Deputy Chief-of-Staff, Brig Branimir Furlan (left) and Bulgarian Deputy Defence Minister Avgustina Cvetkova speak to the press after a meeting of the Southeastern Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM).
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Ljubljana, 8 June (STA) - Slovenia is hosting between Monday and Wednesday the annual meeting of deputy chiefs-of staff from the countries of the Southeastern Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) initiative, which aims to boost defence cooperation, trust, peace and security in the region, and supports the countries' efforts to join the EU and NATO.

The host of the meeting, Slovenian Deputy Chief-of-Staff, Brig Branimir Furlan, told the press on Tuesday that the participants of the meeting were acquainted with the activities of SEDM and the national forces and exchanged views on further activities.

The meeting also discussed a report from the commander of the Southeastern Europe Brigade (SEEBRIG), which was established as part of the initiative and has so far participated in missions in Afghanistan.

Bulgarian Deputy Defence Minister Avgustina Cvetkova, who represented the presiding country of SEDM at the meeting, thanked Slovenia for organising such an important meeting, which was also addressed by Slovenian Defence Minister Ljubica Jelusic.

Cvetkova said the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency were to boost the role of SEDM as a key initiative for cooperation and dialogue on security issues in the region and to adapt the SEDM process to the changing security environment in the region and globally.

SEDM was established in 1996 as an answer to armed conflicts in the Balkans. It currently associates 12 countries from the region as well as the US and Italy.

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