South-Eastern Europe Brigade Multinational Peace Force

BG Zyber DUSHKU at Handover / Takeover Ceremony in Istanbul, 15 July 2009

SPEECH OF THE NEW COMSEEBRIG

BG Zyber DUSHKU

Your excellencies Ministers,

Generals, Admirals,

Distinguished Guests,

Dear Participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On this special occasion, I would like to thank you all for being here today.

Commanding this Multinational Brigade for the next two years, apart from being a challenge, it is a great opportunity and honour as well, and I would like to thank once again my Nation Authorities for their decision.

I had the chance to work at SEEBRIG HQ from the very beginning (1999-2001), after our Ministers of Defence agreed on the MPFSEE and wisely decided to give life to this military formation.

At that time, the newly established multinational Brigade was like a new baby; - it started to crawl and later on to walk fast with self-confidence.

Today, approximately 10 years later, we are in a position to affirm that SEEBRIG has successfully accomplished its main goals, and is transformed into an experienced, operational Brigade, ready to be deployed if our Nations decide.

An effective military cooperation and a spirit of trust among our military and civilian representatives have been established. All of us have enjoyed the opportunity of working together and see each other in the light of friendship.

To arrive at this point, a special and valuable role, have the PMSC and SEDM CC. Under the leadership of capable Chairpersons, they have done and continue to do a great job serving as an inter-link among our National Authorities following the decision making process, coordinating activities, and providing the proper guidance to SEEBRIG.

My admiration and appreciation go to previous Commanders and their respective Staffs for the dedication and the high level of professionalism they have shown throughout, starting with General Hilmi Akin Zorlu, followed by General Andreas Kouzelis, General Giovanni Soulis, General Neyko Nenov, and General Virgil Balaceanu.

SEEBRIG represents today an outstanding outcome of South Eastern Europe Strategic Security Environment. This is exactly what our Nations wished to have, a military structure capable to assure peace and stability within our region and beyond that.

I may assure you that SEEBRIG personnel are keen to work hard to meet all requirements, ready to contribute in operations, whenever required.

As new COMSEEBRIG, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and special thanks to Host Nation Authorities, for their full cooperation and support, providing for us an excellent infrastructure and all facilities needed.

Te�ekkür ederim!

Now please allow me to turn the attention to my predecessor:

Dear General Balaceanu,

During your tour of duty, You have done a great job, which is highly appreciated. On this special occasion, on behalf of all SEEBRIG personnel and myself, may I wish You all the best, good luck and great success in your future career.

Thank You very much for your kind attention!

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