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H.Con.Res. 251 (rs) Commending the Republic of Croatia for the conduct of its parliamentary and presidential elections. [Reported in Senate] ...
H. CON. RES. 251
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 16, 2000
Received and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
Commending the Republic of Croatia for the conduct of its parliamentary
and presidential elections.
Whereas the fourth Croatian parliamentary elections, held on January 3, 2000,
marked Croatia's progress toward meeting its commitments as a
participating state of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE) and as a member of the Council of Europe;
Whereas Croatia's third presidential elections were conducted smoothly and
professionally and concluded on February
7, 2000, with the landslide election of Stipe Mesic as the new President of
the Republic of Croatia;
Whereas the free and fair elections in Croatia, and the following peaceful and
orderly transfer of power from the old government to the new, is an
example of democracy to the people of other nations in the region and a
major contribution to the democratic development of southeastern Europe;
Whereas the people of Croatia have made clear that they want Croatia to take its
rightful place in the family of European democracies and to develop a
closer and more constructive relationship with the Euro-Atlantic
community of democratic nations: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That it is the sense of the Congress that--
(1) the people of the Republic of Croatia are to be
congratulated on the successful elections and the outgoing
Government of Croatia is to be commended for the democratic
standards with which it managed the elections;
(2) the United States should support the efforts of the new
Government of Croatia to increase its work on refugee return,
privatization reform, accession to the World Trade
Organization, media reform, and further cooperation with the
International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to
set an example to other countries in the region;
(3) the Congress strongly supports Croatia's commitment to
western democratic standards and will give its full support to
the new Government of Croatia to fully implement democratic
(4) the United States continues to promote Croatian-
American economic, political, and military relations and
welcomes Croatia as a partner in the cause of stability and
democratization in south central Europe;
(5) the United States and the Republic of Croatia should
work to establish a strategic partnership to include Croatia's
entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Partnership
for Peace; and
(6) the countries of the European Union should develop
closer relations with Croatia and, in particular, should help
to expedite Croatia's accession into global and regional trade
organizations, including the World Trade Organization.
Passed the House of Representatives May 15, 2000.
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