Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia
 
27.08.2013

Enhanced cooperation between Serbia and Bulgaria in the field of arms control



During the visit to the Republic of Bulgaria, a delegation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia composed of members of the Verification Centre of the International Military Cooperation Department signed the Protocol between the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria on confidence and security strengthening measures which complement the Vienna Document 2011. The protocol was signed by the head of the Verification Center Lieutenant Colonel Arsenije Vukojevic and Head of the Division for NATO, EU and regional initiatives of the Strategic Planning Department Captain Rumen Radev.

It is the Protocol amending the Vienna Document 2011. The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia attaches great importance to the development of measures for development of confidence, security and cooperation at the regional and global levels. The two ministries signed the Protocol in the field of arms control as early as in 2005 (based on Chapter X of the Vienna Document 1999 and Article V of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995.). The protocol has been implemented consistently and effectively, in accordance with the capabilities and interests of the two ministries.

As in the meantime there were some changes that have caused the need for updating the Vienna Document 1999 (which is now called the Vienna Document 2011), the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria launched an initiative to draft and sign the updated Protocol on measures to strengthen confidence and security, which complement the Vienna Document 2011 in 2012. The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia supported this initiative.

The new protocol will provide a more efficient continuation of cooperation between the two ministries, especially in the field of arms control and thus contribute to the strengthening of security and stability in the region.