Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council meets at Defence Ministers level

  • 11 Jun. 2009 -
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  • Last updated: 11 Jun. 2009 17:17

At their meeting in Brussels today, Defence Ministers looked ahead on how to further the potential of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) as an essential forum of transtlantic dialogue. They also had an opportunity to share ideas on how to improve the mechanisms developed in the framework of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Programme.

Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. View of the room.

Allies reiterated their commitment to support efforts aimed at enhancing military interoperability with Partners and to further  improve the tools developed to facilitate practical cooperation, including NATO’s continued assistance to defence reforms in many Partner countries. Ministers agreed that ensuring that our forces are interoperable and have the right capabilities is essential to our common success.

Allies noted the important and very much appreciated contributions of Partners  to NATO-led operations. Currently, ten Partnership for Peace nations  participate in NATO-led operations and missions from the Balkans to Afghanistan, contributing some 2.700 personnel.

Finally, ministers had the opportunity to welcome Malta, participating for the first time in a meeting of NATO  Defence Ministers since it  joined PfP last year.