Ministers Pendes and Crnadak at NAC meeting in Brussels: Final decision on MAP activation by fourth or seventh month this year

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BiH Minister of Defense Marina Pendes and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Igor Crnadak participated in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. The goal of the meeting was to present information on current activities in BiH and status of the Reform Agenda, with accent on implementation of the Defense Review and the progress in fulfilling conditions for the Membership Action Plan (MAP) activation.

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BiH officials also held a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller, who chaired the NAC-BiH meeting. In a telephone statement for BiH media, Minister Pendes stated that when it comes to registration of prospective military property, which represents a condition for the MAP activation, there are still six locations that need to be registered on the FBiH territory, but “they are burdened with certain objective problems”.

“I hope I will find a solution together with other institutions for those six locations on the territory of the FBiH. With regards to the RS, there is no political will because they are connecting registration of immovable prospective property with adoption of the Law on State Property. I believe that when the law is adopted, we are not going to have problems,” said Pendes and added that she and Minister Crnadak responded to numerous questions at the meeting. “Both today’s meeting were very positive, because everyone commended the contribution of BiH when it comes to our participation in the peacekeeping missions and prevention of arms trafficking, as well as destruction of surplus of weapons,” said Pendes and added that the NAC also commended the efforts of BiH in the MAP activation process. She refused speculate about the date of possible MAP activation for BiH, but she reminded that a meeting of foreign ministers of the NATO member states will take place in April and NATO Summit in, which will be held in July. "I am not sure if that is going to be the fourth or the seventh month, but final decision on the MAP activation matter will be known by then", he concluded.

Minister Crnadak addressed the NAC members and told them that the main foreign policy goals of BiH are EU membership and regional cooperation, as well as continuation of partnership with NATO, which includes continuation of participation in a mission in Afghanistan, cooperation within Global Coalition for Fight against ISIS and cooperation in many other sectors.

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