Nato has officially welcomed its two new members, Croatia and Albania.
At a ceremony in the Belgian capital Brussels, both nations agreed that the Alliance should extend yet further into the Balkans to help bring more stability to the region. They backed the entry of Kosovo and Bosnia. A proud Albanian Prime Minister described this as one of the most important moments in his country’s history since independence. Sali Berisha added: “Albania has changed during these years faster than ever. Once a country of the most notorious organised crime in Europe, Albania is today one of the safest and most secure countries of Europe where incidences of criminality are clearly below the NATO and EU average.” The double accession now brings Nato to 28 members.