30 May 2001
on the South
East Europe Common Assessment paper on Regional Security Challenges
and Opportunities (SEECAP)
- We, the countries participating in NATO's SEEI, the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia as another participant in the Stability Pact and member
of the SEECP, and interested NATO Allies, endorse the Southeast Europe
Common Assessment Paper on Regional Security Challenges and Opportunities
(SEECAP) initiated by the States of the region as a first hand perception
of how these challenges and opportunities can guide our common efforts
to nurture lasting peace, stability, freedom and prosperity in the region,
taking full advantage of our diversity.
- We declare that no country of Southeast Europe poses a military threat
to any other. We pledge to uphold each State's sovereignty and territorial
integrity. We are committed to government based on rule of law and safeguarding
the rights and freedoms of all people as part of a larger Euro-Atlantic
area in which leaders are democratically elected and wars are unacceptable.
- While each country's situation is different and not all challenges
affect all countries, instability in one can have wide-ranging effects.
Security, therefore, is indivisible, and we will look for cooperative
means to achieve our shared goal of building security and stability
throughout Southeast Europe.
- By working cooperatively to build security and stability, regional
countries strengthen their efforts to pursue integration into Euro-Atlantic
and European structures, including NATO and the European Union.
- The SEECAP is yet another milestone demonstrating the growing level
of co-operation in Southeast Europe. It is the first comprehensive common
document on perceptions and priorities to build a secure, stable and
indivisible Euro-Atlantic area. The SEECAP will not only enhance political
openness, but will also promote increased cooperation in defense and
security sector reform, economic and democratic development and environmental
- Stability in Southeast Europe faces immediate challenges, in particular
from those who resort to violence or non-constitutional means for their
political purposes. We strongly condemn such acts and we will work together
to counter armed extremism and eliminate the conditions that have given
rise to it, in accordance with international principles and the rule
- We welcome the recommendations of the SEECAP. In pursuit of these
recommendations, consultations will begin on the means for developing
transparency and practical contacts between security-related agencies
in Southeast European countries.
- History has taught us that we can best enhance security and stability
by acting together, and in coordination with NATO and the wider Euro-Atlantic
community of democracies. In addressing the challenges that remain,
we declare our common resolve to foster peace, security and prosperity
throughout Southeast Europe.