10 July 1992
Maritime Operations (1)
The North Atlantic Council meeting in Ministerial Session took
the following decisions:
- agreed on a NAT0 maritime operation, drawing on
STANAVFORMED and other assets as appropriate, to monitor
compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions 713 and 757 in
coordination and cooperation with the operation decided by the
WEU. The participation of the member states will be subject to
the provisions of their national constitutions
- agreed that practical details and modalities to implement
the decision by Ministers should be worked out by NATO Military
Authorities, in coordination with those of the WEU, for decision
by the appropriate fora.
- The North Atlantic Council met in permanent session in Brussels on 18 and 20 November 1992 and issued the following statements:
18 November 1992
Today, the Council meeting in permanent session agreed in
principle that NATO maritime forces would enforce compliance with
UN Security Council Resolutions 713 and 757, in accordance with
Security Council Resolution 787.
NATO forces would coordinate and cooperate with the WEU and
possibly other countries wishing to operate under the same UN
Security Council resolutions. The NATO Secretary General will
inform the UN Secretary General of this decision immediately.
Further implementation decisions by the Alliance will be taken
shortly on the basis of recommendations by the Military
20 November 1992
The North Atlantic Council met this afternoon to follow up its
earlier decision in principle to support UN Security Council
Resolution 787 aimed at enforcing the UN embargoes in the former
Yugoslavia. The Council agreed that enforcement operations by
NATO maritime forces can commence in coordination with WEU forces
in the Adriatic.
Subsequently the Defence Planning Committee met, in accordance
with established Alliance procedures, to authorise the forces of
NATO's integrated military structure to carry out the
enforcement, to endorse the operational concept proposed by
Alliance military authorities for NATO's Standing Naval Force
Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) and to approve rules of engagement
for the force.
In order to enforce strict compliance with the terms of Security
Council Resolutions 713 and 757, all ships entering or leaving
the territorial waters of the former Yugoslavia will be halted to
inspect and verify their cargoes and destinations.