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The Government Foreign Policy Mechanism

The foreign policy of Yugoslavia was conducted at the highest level by the State Presidency, the president of which was the official representative of the country. The line of authority extended from the president through the Federal Executive Council to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. Nationality quotas for personnel in the secretariat and subordinate levels ensured each republic an equal voice in foreign policy formulation. The quota was also used in making foreign service appointments and staffing embassies abroad--a policy criticized because it did not always permit the most qualified personnel access to foreign policy positions. Committees of the LCY and SAWPY (also apportioned by nationality) also had significant foreign policy input.

Data as of December 1990