2 Dec. 1993
- The Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
have met in Brussels today.They paid particular attention to issues that may
be addressed at the forthcoming meeting of Heads of State and Government on
10th-11th January 1994.
- During their discussion, Foreign Ministers welcomed the launching
of the European Union by the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty.They
reaffirmed their full support for the emerging European Security and Defence
Identity and for the further development of close cooperation between NATO and
WEU on the basis of transparency and complementarity.They believe that this
will contribute to strengthening the European pillar and, by doing so, the
Alliance itself, and result in a strengthened and more equal transatlantic
- The Ministers discussed the enhancement of the cooperation process
with Cooperation Partners, on which the agenda of tomorrow's meeting of the
North Atlantic Cooperation Council will focus.
- The Ministers noted with satisfaction that the concept of
Partnership for Peace and related proposals have already provided a useful
starting point for discussions on the evolution of NATO in preparation for the
- They reiterated the Alliance's support for the CSCE.They
expressed the view that full implementation of CSCE standards and commitments
is an essential foundation for a just and stable peaceful order.They
welcomed the decisions taken at the recent CSCE Council in Rome, which confirm
the important role of the CSCE in the fields of conflict prevention, peaceful
settlement of disputes, crisis management and peacekeeping.
- The Allies also consulted on the current situation in the former
Yugoslavia and reiterated their support for the implementation of relevant
UNSC Resolutions and for the peace process launched by the International
Conference on the Former Yugoslavia.They welcomed the resumption, on the
basis of the Action Plan of the European Union, of the peace negotiations and
expressed their desire that these negotiations be concluded rapidly in order
to reach a political solution to the conflict and to avert a humanitarian
catastrophe of even larger proportions, aggravated by the winter.They expect
that the parties to the conflict will adhere strictly to their commitment to
grant total freedom of movement to all humanitarian relief organisations and
that the airport of Tuzla will be opened for humanitarian purposes.They
pledged their renewed efforts to increase humanitarian relief in order to
alleviate the suffering.
- They reaffirmed their support for President Yeltsin's programme
of political and economic reform and expressed their expectation that the
parliamentary elections and the referendum on the draft constitution to be
held in a few days will mark a historic step in building democracy in Russia.
- They welcomed the successful completion of the first reduction
phase of the CFE Treaty and underlined the importance of fully implementing
and preserving the integrity of this Treaty, which remains fundamental to
European stability and security.Ministers called on the Government of
Ukraine to redouble its efforts and to fulfil all the commitments it has
undertaken in the Lisbon Protocol, including full ratification of START I and
accession to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state in the shortest possible
- Their Spring meeting will take place in Istanbul on 9th June 1994.