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International Regional Conference

"The Counterterrorism Challenges in Region of SouthEastern Europe"
Maribor, 22. - 26. March 2010 


Welcome address of the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces


Dear participants,

On this occasion, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all of you and invite you to visit Slovenia. It is a great honour for me that the Slovenian Armed Forces are able to host the third international regional conference entitled 'Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe', which is organized in cooperation with the Center for Civil-Military Relations from Monterey and the Embassy of the United States of America. 

International terrorism poses a serious threat to the national and international security. An effective counter-terrorism can only be achieved by a close cooperation among various subjects at the national and international level. Due to the above mentioned reasons, efforts made by experts from state, non-state, academic and international institutions represent an important factor within the counter-terrorism process in the South Eastern Europe. The very purpose of this international regional conference is to deepen the cooperation, as well as to exchange experience and best practices in the area of countering this pressing threat. The forthcoming conference will thematically focus on the inter-organizational cooperation and coordination of activities in counter-terrorism processes at the national and international level. From the contents point of view, these topics upgrade the conference which took place in Slovenia in 2008 and addressed the roles and authorities of individual subjects within the national-security and international environment in the area of counter-terrorism.

I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming conference, and to welcoming a large number of participants.

Major General Alojz Šteiner

Chief of General Staff

Slovenian Armed Forces 

> Welcome address of the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces (PDF)