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Congratulating Albania and Croatia on Being Invited to Begin Accession Talks With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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CONGRATULATING ALBANIA AND CROATIA ON BEING INVITED TO BEGIN ACCESSION TALKS WITH THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION -- (House of Representatives - July 30, 2008)

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Mr. CHABOT. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, House Resolution 1266 congratulates the countries of Albania and Croatia on their recent invitation to join the NATO Alliance. Both countries have struggled to implement significant democratic and economic reforms over the past two decades. The invitations for these countries to join NATO are recognition of the progress that they have both made in spite of such obstacles.

This resolution also recognizes the importance of continued expansion of the NATO Alliance to include other European countries that may meet NATO's membership standards. The expansion of the alliance and the finalization of Membership Action Plans with countries that have not yet been invited to join NATO is a necessary next step for countries like Georgia and Ukraine, for example, that have not yet been invited to join NATO.

As this resolution notes, NATO's continued enlargement will strengthen security in the Euro-Atlantic region.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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