of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council at Ambassadorial
Wednesday 18 July 2001
The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial
level met on Wednesday, 18 July 2001.
Following a briefing on the meeting of Military Representatives
under the auspices of the PJC held on 3 July 2001, Ambassadors
discussed, as a regular part of their consultations, the
evolving situation in the Balkans. They expressed their
serious concern regarding the situation in the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and reiterated their full
commitment to the security, stability and territorial
integrity of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
They stressed the importance of the continuing cease-fire
for a political settlement. Ambassadors also exchanged
views on the NATO-Russia cooperation in the international
security presence in Kosovo (KFOR) and discussed measures
to facilitate the safe return of IDPs and refugees.
Ambassadors also discussed issues related to increasing
transparency, predictability and mutual confidence regarding
the size and role of the conventional forces of member
States of NATO and Russia.
Looking forward to a further intensification of the NATO-Russia
dialogue and cooperation in the second half of the year,
Ambassadors agreed on steps to implement the PJC Work
Programme for 2001, adopted at the PJC meeting at the
level of Foreign Ministers on 15 December 2000.
At Ambassadorial level, the PJC will meet again on 19