NATO servants in the Balkans

1) Serbia: Chief of the Defence General Staff visits NATO JFC Naples (4.12.2013.)
2) Montenegro: Foreign Minister believes that "NATO has no alternative" (3.1.2014.)
3) Slovenia: Hungarian Gripens In Charge Of NATO Air Control (3.1.2014.)

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization - Allied Command Operations
December 4, 2013

Serbian Chief of the Defence General Staff visits JFC Naples

Story by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Public Affairs Office 

Naples, Italy: The Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff, General Ljubiša Diković, paid an official visit to the Allied Joint Force Command Naples headquarters in Lago Patria on Tuesday 3 December till Wednesday 4 December 2013.  
The Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, met with Gen. Dikovic to highlight the cooperation between the Serbian Armed Forces and JFC Naples, as well as showcase the proficiency of the headquarters. The two officials discussed ways that NATO could further assist the Serbian Armed Forces in defense reform and implementation of the joint partnership goals. 

He also received a detailed orientation of the organization, tasks and missions of JFC Naples and a tour the new Lago Patria base. Furthermore, he obtained a firsthand impression of the members’ duties in a NATO multinational operations headquarters. Gen. Diković also met with the JFC Naples Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Cooperation and military partnership, Brig. Gen. Richter, to discuss ways that JFC Naples could further assist the Serbian Armed Forces. He also visited the Senior Serbian National Representative, who has been serving in JFC Naples since August 2013.  
The visit of General Dikovic was in the framework of the efforts by the operational level command JFC Naples to foster mutual understanding and cooperation with NATO partner nations. 

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Tanjug News Agency

January 3, 2014

Montenegrin FM: NATO has no alternative

“NATO today has no alternative. It is the guarantor of every kind of safety to a country and it is important that the citizens of Montenegro understand in the right way that this is the best way for our children and for future development,” Lukšić said.

Montenegro is currently in the Membership Action Plan (MAP), while full membership in NATO is considered to be the next step.

“Given our desire and ambition to be given an invitation for membership in 2014, we will continue with further fulfillment of obligations, and we actively contribute to global stability as a dedicated and reliable partner of the alliance,” he continued.

Lukšić also told the CDM website that the Montenegrin government will in the coming period “intensify the dialogue with citizens on the subject of integration in NATO and offer sufficient arguments so that they understand the benefits of membership in the alliance.”

Lukšić said that Montenegro, with the opening of negotiating chapters 23 and 24, “showed that it was a serious partner of the European Union,” but that it was also “capable of meeting the demanding obligations on the road of European integration.”

He pointed out that the policy of good neighborly relations also continues to be one of the priorities of Montenegro.

Commenting on relations within the Montenegrin ruling coalition, he said that there had been “better moments,” but that it was “quite normal that after a long joint performance of authority there should be friction and different views on certain issues.”

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Hungarian News Agency - January 3, 2014

Hungarian Gripens In Charge Of Nato Air Control Over Slovenia

From now on, Hungary’s Gripen fighters are in control of air space not only in Hungary but also in Slovenia, daily Magyar Nemzet said. Controlling air space is a shared task for NATO allies, and Slovenia has no fighters of its own.

Starting from this year, Hungary is taking over the task from Italy. If any violation of Slovenian air space is reported, Hungary’s Gripens will fly over to clarify the situation, it said. Defence Minister Csaba Hende said in July 2013 that the Hungarian army’s Gripens will join air control operations in Slovenia from 2014, and similar operations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 2015.

If all goes according to plan, Hungary will have to relocate four Gripens and their crew to Lithuania from 2015 on without compromising its capabilities to defend its own air space.