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Calendar No. 591 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. CON. RES. 117 Commending the Republic of Slovenia for its partnership with the United States and NATO, and expressing the sense of Congress that Slovenia's accession to NATO would enhance NATO's security, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 24, 2000 Mr. Roth (for himself, Mr. Biden, Mr. Lott, Mr. Helms, and Mr. Voinovich) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations June 12, 2000 Reported by Mr. Helms, without amendment _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Commending the Republic of Slovenia for its partnership with the United States and NATO, and expressing the sense of Congress that Slovenia's accession to NATO would enhance NATO's security, and for other purposes. Whereas on June 25, 1991, the Republic of Slovenia declared its independence; Whereas on December 23, 1991, the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the State's new constitution based on the values of human rights, market economy, rule of law, and democracy; Whereas on April 7, 1992, the United States formally recognized the Republic of Slovenia; Whereas, since its independence, Slovenia has demonstrated an excellent record on human rights; Whereas Slovenia has developed a successful and growing market economy and enjoys the highest per capita gross domestic product in Central and Eastern Europe; Whereas the European Union has recognized Slovenia's economic prosperity and the strength of its democracy by initiating accession negotiations with Slovenia as well as by putting into effect Slovenia's Association Agreement with the European Union; Whereas Slovenia has demonstrated its commitment to bring peace, security, stability, democracy, and economic prosperity to Southeastern Europe through its membership in NATO's Partnership for Peace, the Central European Initiative, the Central European Free Trade Association (CEFTA), and the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe; Whereas Slovenia has been an active contributor to peace support operations around the world, including the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, NATO's Kosovo Force, and United Nations peacekeeping operations in Cyprus and Lebanon; Whereas Slovenia made invaluable contributions to NATO's Operation ALLIED FORCE by providing NATO access and use of its airspace and ground transportation systems and by assisting the NATO efforts to provide Albania humanitarian relief during the air campaign against Yugoslavia; Whereas Slovenia has contributed financial and humanitarian aid to the assistance effort in Kosovo, including refuge for more than 3500 people who had fled the region as a consequence of the violence that occurred in Kosovo; Whereas Slovenia promotes regional cooperation through its contributions to the Trilateral Multinational Land Force, a multinational brigade established with Italy and Hungary; Whereas Slovenia, a leader in the effort to remove land mines from the war-torn regions of the former Republic of Yugoslavia, established the highly effective International Trust Fund for Demining and Mine Victims Assistance; and Whereas the NATO Enlargement Facilitation Act of 1996, passed by the Senate on July 25, 1996, identified Slovenia, along with Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, as being among the NATO applicant states most prepared for the burdens and responsibilities of NATO membership; Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That (a) it is the policy of the United States to-- (1) support the integration of the Republic of Slovenia into transatlantic and European political, economic, and security institutions, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union; and (2) continue and further reinforce the partnership between the United States and Slovenia, particularly their joint efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to all of Europe. (b) It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the Republic of Slovenia is to be commended for-- (A) its commitment to democratic principles, human rights, and rule of law; (B) its transition from a communist, centrally planned economic system to a thriving free market economy; and (C) its partnership with the United States and NATO during the recent conflicts that have undermined peace and stability in Southeastern Europe; and (2) the accession of the Republic of Slovenia to full membership in transatlantic and European institutions would be an important step toward a Europe that is undivided, whole and free. Calendar No. 591 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. CON. RES. 117 _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Commending the Republic of Slovenia for its partnership with the United States and NATO, and expressing the sense of Congress that Slovenia's accession to NATO would enhance NATO's security, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ June 12, 2000 Reported without amendment
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