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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks At Announcement of Defense Assistance Transparency Agreement, Presidency Building
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, March 8, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Thank you very much. Good evening. I am very pleased to be here on this, my seventh visit to Sarajevo.

I just had a very productive meeting with the three Joint Presidents and I am confident that this country remains on an upward track. And President Izetbegovic, I think, has described to you the many subjects on which we touched.

Today, we are taking another step towards stronger central institutions and improved regional cooperation.

The United States and the Republic of Croatia have agreed that, starting today, all requests for and approvals of security assistance to the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation will be transmitted through the Standing Committee on Military Matters.

Our purposes should be clear. We want to build confidence throughout Bosnia, including Republika Srpska, that there will be no military surprises. We want to encourage transparency about all military expenditures and transfers. We want to strengthen the nationís central institutions. And we want to create a model for others who provide security and assistance to any part of this country to follow.

This step is being taken with the full support of all three governments. In the case of my country, it will apply to all foreign military financing grants, and international military education and training, as well as the U.S. led train and equip program.

This is an important step towards greater openness on security matters in this nation. And it bodes well for future peace here and throughout the region.

I congratulate our partners from Bosnia and Croatia, and am very glad that standing here is Deputy Defense Minister Mahmuljin and the Minister of Defense of Croatia, Mr. Rados, to whom I will now yield the floor.

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