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NATO General urges Croatia to Continue Army Reform

German General Harald Kujat, who is the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said in Zagreb on 25 October that Croatia must continue reforming its armed forces if it wants to join the alliance, the "Southeast European Times" reported.

In 2002, the Croatian government decided to reduce its army from 40,000 to 27,000. In related news, Croatian Defense Minister Berislav Roncevic met with his Albanian counterpart Pandeli Majko in Tirana on 25 October to discuss military cooperation, Hina reported.

Roncevic and Majko reaffirmed plans to deploy a joint medical team of the U.S.-Adriatic Charter countries -- Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia -- to Afghanistan.

(RFE/RL 27.x.04)

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