Helsinki Chairman Wicker Welcomes Accession of Montenegro to NATO
WASHINGTON— Following U.S. Senate approval of the accession of Montenegro to the NATO Alliance, Senator Roger Wicker (MS), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement:
“I am pleased by the Senate’s decision to welcome Montenegro into NATO. At a time of unease in Europe, this small nation and its people are making important contributions to security and stability. By joining the Alliance, Montenegro also confirms the continued validity of the Helsinki Final Act, which affirms the right of countries to determine their own security arrangements and alliances. Allowing outside actors to call this principle into question would have severely undercut European security.”
Last week, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that it is “absolutely critical” that Montenegro be brought into NATO. Chairman Wicker serves as a senior member of the committee and took part in the hearing.
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, has supported human rights and democratic development in Montenegro since observing the first multi-party elections in the country in 1990. Further, the Commission has been deeply involved in policy debates over NATO, including conducting hearings on previous additions to the Alliance.
Posted March 31, 2017 - 7:56 am