29 June 2007
ESI with Albanian and Romanian foreign minister in Ohrid

The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Security Forum in Ohrid brought together Ministers, senior officials, parliamentarians, academics, NGOs and journalists from 49 NATO and Partner countries for informal discussions on key security issues.

Gerald Knaus spoke on a panel on "Prospects for the Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Balkans" chaired by Ambassador Martin Erdmann, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs & Security Policy, NATO. Other speakers included Adrian Cioroianu, Foreign Minister of Romania; Luylzim Basha, Foreign Minister of Albania; and Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Ambassador to the United Nations, WTO and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

Invoking the image of a traveller returning to the Balkans in 2007 after having been there ten years earlier, Gerald described the enormous progress many Balkan countries have made in the last decade. Citing countries like Albania that had seen the collapse of public order and Macedonia that was close to civil war and is now a EU candidate or Bulgaria, now an EU member state with impressive growth rates, he made it clear that the Balkans is not a case lost as the cliché so often suggests.

From left to right: H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Ambassador to the United Nations, WTO and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Adrian Cioroianu, Foreign Minister of Romania, Ambassador Martin Erdmann, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs & Security Policy, NATO, H.E. Mr. Luylzim Basha, Foreign Minister of Albania, Mr. Gerald Knaus, President of the European Stability Initiative - Copyright  by NATO

Luylzim Basha, Foreign Minister of Albania - Copyright  by NATO

Adrian Cioroianu, Foreign Minister of Romania - Copyright  by NATO

Gerald Knaus - Copyright  by NATO

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com