NATO Foreign Ministers agree Alliance’s door to new members remains open
NATO Foreign Ministers have agreed that the Alliance’s door remains open to new members, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday (25 June 2014) at the start of the second day of ministerial talks. The Secretary General said that September’s Wales Summit “will mark the success” of NATO’s Open Door Policy and maintain its momentum. “Let me be clear: NATO’s door remains open and no third country has a veto over NATO enlargement.”
Over dinner on Tuesday, the ministers reviewed the progress made by the four aspirant countries; Georgia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹. Each country will continue to be judged on its merits, the Secretary General said. “Each one has work to do, in different areas and we will give aspirants the support they need to get them through the door.”
The Secretary General said there was an agreement in principle by Allies to develop a substantive package for Georgia that will help it come closer to NATO. Elements of the package will be worked out in the coming weeks. On Montenegro, the Alliance will open intensified and focused talks and assess at the latest by the end of 2015 whether to invite Montenegro to join the Alliance.
On Wednesday, ministers will focus on preparations for the Wales Summit. They will assess measures the Alliance has taken to strengthen collective defence in view of the changed security situation in Europe due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. They will also review relations with Russia. The Foreign Ministers are expected to agree on a package of long-term support measures for Ukraine, including the creation of new trust funds. Ministers will look to strengthen cooperation with partners around the world and strengthen the Alliance’s ability to assist partners that need help in defence and security sector reforms. On Afghanistan, the ministers will take an important step in planning NATO’s new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and discuss the Alliance’s future relationship with Afghanistan.
- Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.