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A successful Stability Pact
European Union policy in South-east Europe
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Under the administrations of George W. Bush, and in the aftermath of September 11, US policy priorities have shifted from the Balkans towards the Middle East and the 'War on Terror'. Thus, the European Union (EU) has assumed the primary position in funding and managing reconstruction and development in the Balkans. In addition, the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, a framework for building co-operation and peace in the region, has gained prominence as a vehicle for transforming the region from conflict to peace and prosperity. The Pact's aims are to foster democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; to preserve multinational and multi-ethnic diversity; and to ensure the safe and free return of all refugees and displaced persons. Ethnic differences were used as a tool by various parties in the region to turn uncertain economic and social prospects into national conflict for personal gain.

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