Honoring Croation President Ivo Josipovic

Floor Speech

By:  Elton Gallegly
Date: May 3, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. GALLEGLY. Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank Croatian President Ivo Josipovic for traveling to the United States and taking part in the Congressional Croatian Caucus kick-off event.

* Although President Josipovic has been in office for little over a year, his record in promoting an environment of genuine regional dialogue, better mutual understanding, across-the-board cooperation, and a Euro-Atlantic perspective for the whole of South East Europe has been noteworthy.

* Since taking office he has pursued the path of regional reconciliation, a policy that has been matched with concrete action. For example, President Josipovic expressed regret for all the victims of the tragic events of the 1990s irrespective of their ethnic background, religious identity, or country of origin. He has also pursued open dialogue with all the key partners in the region of South East Europe, but in particular with Serbian and Bosnian and Herzegovinian high officials.

* His efforts at promoting the eventual membership of all the countries in the region into the EU and NATO, have been widely recognized. President Josipovic's effort in realizing ``Europe, whole, free and at peace'' is acknowledged and has been highly commended by the Administration and prominent members of Congress, as it complements U.S. efforts in that part of the world.

* Croatia's two-year-long record of NATO membership already bears his mark. President Josipovic showed strong leadership and responsibility at the December 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon, in regard to Croatian contributions to NATO led peace-keeping missions. Moreover, he has offered his strong support to Allied efforts in Afghanistan, where Croatian troops and experts assist in transitioning this country to stability and security, using its own capabilities, which was clearly expressed on his recent visit to Kabul.

* Again, on behalf of the Congressional Croatian Caucus, I would like to welcome President Josipovic to the United States and for his role in building a closer friendship between our two nations.