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Deepening and enhancing NATO's partnerships
At the Prague Summit, NATO will seek
to deepen and enhance its partnerships with non-NATO countries
in order to enhance security throughout the Euro-Atlantic
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
(EAPC) is the overarching framework for NATO's cooperation
with its partners from Central and Eastern Europe, the
Caucasus and Central Asia.
In Prague, proposals for further developing
the potential of the EAPC and NATO's Partnership for Preace
programme will be discussed by Heads of State and Government
from NATO and partner countries.
In 1997 NATO and Ukraine signed a Charter
on a Distinctive Partnership, which provides a framework
for consultation and co-operation in areas such as conflict
prevention, crisis management, peace-support, humanitarian
operations, civil emergency planning, disaster preparedness,
and defence reform.
The NATO-Ukraine Commission will meet
at the level of Foreign Ministers in Prague to discuss
ways of enhancing the partnership.
At their meeting in Reykjavik in May
2002, NATO foreign ministers decided to upgrade the political
and practical dimensions of Mediterranean Dialogue by
the time of the Prague Summit. This will include consulting
with Mediterranean partners on security matters of common
concern, including terrorism-related issues.
The events of 11 September have underlined
the importance of enhanced cooperation between NATO and
the European Union on questions of common interest relating
to security, defence, and crisis management.
Work is continuing in both organisations
on the various aspects of this relationship.
The establishment of the NATO-Russia
Council at the Rome Summit on 28 May 2002 opened a new
chapter in NATO-Russia relations.
The Council brings together the 19 NATO
Allies and Russia to identify and pursue opportunities
for joint action at 20 as equal partners. A meeting of
the Council at the level of Foreign Ministers will be
held during the Prague Summit.