London Roundtable, Security in the Western Balkans

Lazim Destani participated in a forum on Security in the Western Balkans in London, organized by the pan-European think tank, European Leadership Network (ELN). The Western Balkans Security Forum was held at the United Kingdom’s second House of Parliament, the House of Lords.

Over two days, distinguished political and diplomatic personalities gathered at the event. Attendees included Lord Des Browne, former UK Secretary of Defence, representatives of the UK House of Lords and House of Commons, representatives from the British Foreign Office, representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, as well as representatives from the Western Balkan countries, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bulgaria.

The roundtable discussions were led by Lord Des Browne, Chairman of the Albanian Republican Party, Fatmir Mediu, and Director of the European Leadership Network, Sir Adam Thomson. During the meeting participants held discussions addressing a number of important issues relating to the security and economic conditions of the Balkan region. A set of recommendations for the forthcoming 2018 Western Balkans Summit being held in London were also developed.

Participants in the meeting particularly stressed the need for regional co-operation with the UK Parliament, the strengthening of security and the fostering of cooperation between the countries. The importance of EU assistance for the development of communications infrastructure and other areas such as workforce and skills development were also recognized as very important, particularly for attracting foreign investment.

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