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A Word of Welcome by State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence

Dear Conference Participants,

Allow me to avail myself of this opportunity to extend to you a warm welcome and to invite you to Slovenia. I am greatly honoured that the Ministry of Defence and the Slovenian Armed Forces host the 6th traditional International Regional Conference entitled “Counter-Terrorism Challenges in South Eastern Europe” which we organise together with the Center for Civil-Military Relations in Monterey, the Embassy of the United States and the Institute for Corporate Security Studies.

International terrorism poses a serious threat to national and international security. Counter-terrorism can only be effective through close cooperation of various bodies at national and international levels. Therefore, joint efforts of experts from national, non-national, academic and international institutions represent an important factor in the process of fighting terrorism in South Eastern Europe and beyond. Indeed, the purpose of the International Regional Conference is to enhance cooperation as well as to exchange experiences and good practice in fighting this pressing threat.

The main topic of the upcoming conference is »Intelligence and Combating Terrorism- Regional Perspectives«. In terms of its contents, the conference is an upgrade of the international conferences held in Slovenia in the period between 2007 and 2013. They addressed different aspects of the roles and responsibilities of individual national-security and international entities with regards to counter-terrorism, and the need for coordination and coordinated action.

I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming conference. You are all most welcome to attend the event.

Zoran Klemenčič
State Secretary
Ministry of Defence