15 Dec. 2000
the Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
in Foreign Ministers Session
- The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of the member countries
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met in Brussels today.
- The Secretary General of NATO informed the EAPC about the main results
of the North Atlantic Council meeting on 14 December.
- Mr. Wolfgang Petritsch, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina,
briefed the EAPC on the current situation five years after the signing
of the Dayton Peace Agreement.
- Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
and commended SFOR's continued efforts in contributing to stability
and supporting the full implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords.
They were encouraged by the increased support for moderate parties in
the recent general elections, while the continuing appeal of hard-line
nationalist parties remained a cause for concern. They stressed that
greater and more rapid progress needs to be made towards a self-sustaining,
multi-ethnic democracy by the newly elected officials of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, who should take on greater ownership of the process. They
restated their determination to continue to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina
along the path to lasting peace.
- Ministers commended KFOR's efforts to carry out its mandate to ensure
a secure environment in Kosovo, in close cooperation with UNMIK. They
welcomed the peaceful and proper conduct of the recent local elections
as an important step towards the implementation of UN Security Council
Resolution 1244. They called upon the new representatives on the Kosovo
municipal councils to carry out their duties responsibly, in close co-operation
with the international community. They condemned continued acts of violence
in Kosovo and in Southern Serbia, whether ethnically or politically
motivated and called for an end to extremist actions and a peaceful
resolution of outstanding issues. They welcomed the additional robust
measures taken by KFOR to increase security along Kosovo's boundary
with Southern Serbia.
- Ministers underlined the importance of the regular consultations
that had taken place within the EAPC framework on the evolving situation
in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). They expressed their support
for the early re-integration of the FRY into the International Community,
and welcomed the recent admission of the FRY as an OSCE and UN member.
- Ministers discussed how to enhance security in the Euro-Atlantic
area through using the numerous regional cooperation initiatives that
have been undertaken which are supportive of the EAPC's aims. They also
examined how the EAPC and PfP might best contribute to the individual
initiatives. They discussed the activities of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership
Council during the last year and exchanged views on how political and
security related cooperation might be further enhanced throughout the
Euro-Atlantic area. They took note of the discussions that have been
held on the future development of the EAPC, and the various initiatives
that have been undertaken in pursuit of security and stability throughout
the entire Euro-Atlantic area, including those to foster practical regional
cooperation in South-East Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. They
exchanged views on various regional cooperation initiatives designed
to build long-term stability and security in SEE including NATO's SEEI
and its contributions to support the objectives of the Stability Pact
for SEE. Work with partners in the framework of EAPC/PfP plays an important
role in this effort. They also welcomed continuing work to complement
and support international action in the fields of dealing with the Challenge
of Small Arms and Light Weapons and promoting Global Humanitarian Mine
Action. Ministers welcomed in particular work on the role of EAPC/PfP
in Conflict Prevention, and attached high priority to continuing work
on effective conflict prevention measures.
- Ministers welcomed continued progress made since the Washington Summit
on the overall development of the enhanced and more operational Partnership;
they endorsed a progress report on the implementation of the Operational
Capabilities Concept for NATO-led PfP Operations (OCC), with the establishment
of new means and mechanisms to improve the ability of Partner forces
to contribute to NATO-led operations such as in Bosnia and Herzegovina
and Kosovo through closer day-to-day cooperation with headquarters and
forces of the Alliance.
- In the same context Ministers welcomed the intensification of information
exchange and consultations at the political and military levels on issues
related to Partner participation in the ongoing NATO-led operations
in accordance with the Political-Military Framework for NATO-led PfP
Operations. They look forward to the results of the next implementation
review at their spring 2001 meeting.
- Ministers endorsed and agreed to make public the updated EAPC Action
Plan for 2000-2002, to guide the cooperative work of the Alliance and
its Partners for the next year. They noted a report on activities under
the EAPC Action Plan in the second half of this year.
- Ministers will meet again in Budapest in May 2001.