|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Interview by Croatian-TV
Florence, Italy, May 25, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: First of all, I think it is a very exciting day not only for Croatia, but for NATO and Partners for Peace, because Croatia has become the newest member. And I think that that is symbolic of the fact that Croatia is finally able to have its proper role within the region and within Europe, because they have made the choice for democracy. And, so I think their goal now within the Partnership for Peace can be very important for the security in Europe. Also, I think that we had a very interesting meeting this morning with the countries of Southeast Europe. And the example that Croatia can give as a country that has had democratic elections and is now adopting a reform strategy is very important for all the countries in the region so we feel very good about Croatia today.
QUESTION: Do you expect any Croatian influence over the democratic process in Serbia?
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, I hope very much that the Serb people will be able to understand how much happier the Croatian people are now that they have had elections and have a president and a prime minister who reflect their choices. And I think that they can play a very important role and Croatian-TV can play a very important role; if they can understand the democratic process.
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