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HAC Urges Expansion of NATO in Capitol Hill Press Conference

On September 20, 1995, the Hungarian American Coalition participated in a Central and East European Coalition press conference in the U.S. Capitol. During the briefing, CEEC endorsed the Foreign Assistance Appropriations Committee as well as amendments concerning NATO enlargement and the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act. CEEC also urged reform of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Senate passed the Foreign Aid Bill on September 21, 1995.

Citing long-term American security interests in a democratic Central and Eastern Europe, CEEC urged greater U.S. focus and active engagement in that region of the world.

Frank Koszorus, Jr., of the Coalition, prepared CEEC’s statement calling for the expansion of NATO and endorsing an amendment being offered by Senator Hank Brown (R-CO) which establishes a process to facilitate the enlargement of that alliance. central Europe “must be rapidly reintegrated with the West to provide it with a sense of security and to shore up the new democracies. Rapid expansion of NATO to include countries which are committed to the concepts of democracy, market economies, civilian control of the military and human and minority rights would serve this objective as well as the foreign policy interests of the United States by ensuring Europe’s overall stability,” Mr. Koszorus added.

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