Saturday, May 12, 2007

Macedonia with positive assessment on terror fight

Macedonia has been positively appraised in terms of the battle against terrorism in the annual report of the US State Department.

The main points contributing to the positive appraisal include Macedonia's continuous support to the international troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, active implementation of the Act on control of export of goods and technologies with double use and the country's persistency in preventing the sale of potentially dangerous technologies.

The report further says that Macedonia has canceled five out of seven restriction orders relating the troops deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, while US has carried out defensive and anti-terror trainings on several hundreds of police officers and soldiers.

As regards the remaining countries in region, Bosnia-Herzegovina acquired the lowest grade, although the report says this country has made some progress in the efforts for stamping out terrorism activities.

"BiH remained a weak state, susceptible for using of its territory for planning terrorist operations in Europe", says the US Department's report published Wednesday.

The Serbian Government, on the other hand, demonstrated high commitment in fighting terrorist activities.

"Serbian authorities are concerned by the increasing transit of terrorists from the Middle East through Serbian territory", the report says.

The part referring to Kosovo says "the local extremists, acting individually or in organized groups, are continuing their violent actions, sometimes targeting the institutions of the local Government or the UN facilities".

Kosovo's efforts in fighting terrorism are hampered by "the porous borderlines, used by the individuals pursuing illegal human and goods trafficking", the report says.

Generally speaking, the European countries are working continuously with USA in the global anti-terror campaign and keep on with the individual or joint operations in facing the internal or external terrorism threats.

The contribution of the European countries includes largely exchange of intelligence data, detention of terrorist cells members and blocking the terrorists' financial resources and logistics, says the State Department's annual report.

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