10 Years Southeast European Cooperative Initiative: From by Erhard Busek

By Erhard Busek

The Southeast ecu Cooperative Initiative (SECI) used to be the 1st overseas tool for "peace maintaining and peace making". SECI understood that the international locations of South East Europe shared many mutual issues. SECI was once a prelude to the steadiness Pact for South jap Europe, introduced in 1999. This compendium of records, agreements, analyses and essays supplies a glimpse into decision-making techniques and effects accomplished.

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As SECI contemplates the participation in the Initiatives of all twelve states of the region, an invitation to the initial meeting was extended to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montenegro). That invitation was withdrawn in light of recent developments in the FRY. The FRY will be invited by the Chairman of the present meeting, following consultations with participating states, to participate in SECI when the reasons for withdrawal of the invitation no longer exist. It continues to be understood that mere participation by the FRY in SECI will not, by itself, remove the outer wall of sanctions, nor change the FRY’s ineligibility for assistance arising out of SECI participation.

So let me not spend a great time talking about these documents. But I’ll be very happy to answer your questions. In terms of how we handled this entire matter: We started out with a presentation by the Economic Commission for Europe, more specifically its staff, which presented in a great deal of detail some of the activities in which it is now engaged. It laid out for the participating states the possibilities that are open to them by engaging the Economic Commission for Europe. It was against that background – a full day’s presentation on Thursday – that to- 36 day’s action was taken: the adoption of the Statement of Purpose, and the adoption of various supplemental decision which include a decision to request that the Economic Commission for Europe provide assistance to the new initiative in formulating its program and providing technical assistance and moving forward with its program.

This is really, as indicated, an initiative that tries to get people around the table to talk about economics and the environment. QUESTION: What precisely will be the relationship with the ECE? What role will it play? AMBASSADOR SCHIFTER: That is covered by one of the decisions taken. What is visualized is that the bulk of the professional work that will have to be done here will be done by the staff of the ECE. By that I mean that as we look as the various issues of concern – let’s take, for example, the matter of transportation across boundary lines – the difficulties now encountered with regard to goods transferring from one country to another, this is a matter to which the ECE has paid a great deal of attention, has sets of recommendations on it.

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