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(E) CAA's 16th Annual Croatian Days on the Hill in Washington, D.C.
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  05/9/2005 | Politics | Unrated
(E) CAA's 16th Annual Croatian Days on the Hill in Washington, D.C.


CAA’s 16th Annual Croatian Days on the Hill in Washington, D.C.


Croatian American Association
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Box 287
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-429-5543

CAA’s 16th Annual Croatian Days on the Hill in Washington, D.C.
At the 16th Annual Croatian Days on the Hill lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. from April 30- May 3, 2005, the CAA Board of Directors unanimously passed the following policy positions and presented them to both houses of the United States Congress - the Senate and House of Representatives - including the Administration:
1. CAA supports the Senate confirmation of John Bolton as a major step toward United Nations reform which includes UN accountability and a better effectiveness in dealing with future global conflicts.
2. CAA strongly believes that the Government of Croatia should move as quickly as possible to
remove the Article 98 barrier to NATO membership.
3. CAA supports the International Commission’s final Balkans report titled “The Balkans in Europe’s Future” stating that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) should move away from its “focus on specific individuals” and allow domestic judicial systems to deal with war crimes.
4. CAA urges members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House International
Relations Committee to help secure funding for minority resettlement in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
5. CAA asks Congress and the State Department to follow the International Commission’s
recommendations on the Balkans report, and to begin the process of leading to the end of the Bonn Powers and Paddy Ashdown’s removal.
During CAA’s briefing with the National Security Council, a U.S. official retracted statements made by Ambassador Warren Miller during a White House ceremony in February 2005. Ambassador Miller accused Croatia of committing state-sanctioned genocide twice in the twentieth century. The CAA was assured by the Administration that Miller’s comments are not the position of the U.S. Government. The CAA is pleased by the reception that our issues received on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. We look forward to working with our elected representatives in achieving all our stated goals, reaffirm our commitment to promote the interests of Croatian Americans, and continue to be the voice of Croatian Americans in Washington, D.C.

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