Mr. President of the Republic of Romania, Your Excellencies, Generals, Admirals, Officers, NCOs, Dear Soldiers, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honor and privilege for me to take-over the responsibilities as next commander of SEEBRIG. The SEDM Process has already been a success for more than seven years and has become an integral part of security policy and regional cooperation. Since its establishment in 1999, in the framework of the process, SEEBRIG proved to be an effective and important tool for promoting regional security, stability and cooperation among the nations.
SEEBRIG is the longest standing regional defense and security initiative in Southeastern Europe. It has brought together Armed Forces representatives from Ministerial to unit level to work towards common security goals. That is a significant accomplishment and one that could be used in the future as a tested model to bolster cooperation in other regions.
I want to commend Ambassador Ugur Ergun and Brigadier General Giovanni Sulis for their leadership during this critical and challenging period for SEEBRIG. They have been driving force for successful accomplishment of NATO certification process and to achieve operational readiness for deployment in Peace Support Operations. Such a deployment would prove the political will and justify the efforts that have been taken by SEDM nations.
I would like to assure all of you, that SEEBGIG personnel will continue to work hard to meet all requirements to get SEEBRIG ready for deployment in Peace Support Operations.
Allow me to express my deep gratitude to the Romanian civilian and military authorities for excellent infrastructure, cooperation and support to this multinational military formation.
Dear General Sulis,
I would like to take this opportunity on this special occasion and to present to you the SEEBRIG plaque and memento flag as a sign of good appreciation and to remember you your commanding period. On behalf of SEEBRIG personnel and myself I want to wish you the best of luck and great success in your new duties.
Thank you for your attention.