10-11 Jan. 1994
Ministerial Meeting of the North Atlantic Council/
North Atlantic Cooperation Council,
NATO Headquarters, Brussels, 10-11 January 1994
We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North
Atlantic Alliance, building on the close and longstanding partnership among
the North American and European Allies, are committed to enhancing security
and stability in the whole of Europe. We therefore wish to strengthen ties
with the democratic states to our East. We reaffirm that the Alliance, as
provided for in Article 10
of the Washington Treaty, remains open to the membership of other European
states in a position to further the principles of the Treaty and to contribute
to the security of the North Atlantic area. We expect and would welcome
NATO expansion that would reach to democratic states to our East, as part
of an evolutionary process, taking into account political and security developments
in the whole of Europe.
We have today launched an immediate and practical
programme that will transform the relationship between NATO and
participating states. This new programme goes beyond dialogue
and cooperation to forge a real partnership - a Partnership for
Peace. We therefore invite the other states participating in the
NACC and other CSCE countries able and willing to contribute to
this programme, to join with us in this partnership. Active
participation in the Partnership for Peace will play an important
role in the evolutionary process of the expansion of NATO.
The Partnership for Peace, which will operate under the
authority of the North Atlantic Council, will forge new security
relationships between the North Atlantic Alliance and its
Partners for Peace. Partner states will be invited by the North
Atlantic Council to participate in political and military bodies
at NATO Headquarters with respect to Partnership activities. The
Partnership will expand and intensify political and military
cooperation throughout Europe, increase stability, diminish
threats to peace, and build strengthened relationships by
promoting the spirit of practical cooperation and commitment to
democratic principles that underpin our Alliance.
NATO will consult with any active participant in the Partnership if that partner perceives a direct threat to its territorial integrity, political independence, or security. At a pace and scope determined by the capacity and desire of the individual participating states, we will work in concrete ways towards transparency in defence budgeting, promoting democratic control of defence ministries, joint planning, joint military exercises, and creating an ability to operate with NATO forces in such fields as peacekeeping, search and rescue and humanitarian operations, and others as may be agreed.
To promote closer military cooperation and interoperability, we will propose, within the Partnership framework, peacekeeping field exercises beginning in 1994. To coordinate joint military activities within the Partnership, we will invite states participating in the Partnership to send permanent liaison officers to NATO Headquarters and a separate Partnership Coordination Cell at Mons (Belgium) that would, under the authority of the North Atlantic Council, carry out the military planning necessary to implement the Partnership programmes.
Since its inception two years ago, the North Atlantic Cooperation Council has greatly expanded the depth and scope of its activities. We will continue to work with all our NACC partners to build cooperative relationships across the entire spectrum of the Alliance's activities. With the expansion of NACC activities and the establishment of the Partnership for Peace, we have decided to offer permanent facilities at NATO Headquarters for personnel from NACC countries and other Partnership for Peace participants in order to improve our working relationships and facilitate closer cooperation.