24th May 1994
- The Defence Planning Committee and Nuclear Planning Group of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Ministerial Session in Brussels on
- At this first meeting of Alliance Defence Ministers since the Brussels
Summit, we reviewed the progress being made to adapt our defence posture
and capabilities to undertake the full spectrum of Alliance roles and
missions in the changed security environment, including the defence implications
of decisions taken at the Summit. We affirmed our determination to maintain
the momentum of the Summit initiatives, with particular emphasis on Partnership
for Peace, Combined Joint Task Forces and Proliferation.
- Collective defence remains the core function of the Alliance; but today's
challenges to our security and to the stability of Europe as a whole are
more diverse and more complex than those NATO faced during its first four
decades. To meet these challenges we require forces, structures and procedures
that can respond effectively to contingencies ranging from collective
defence to peacekeeping, and contribute to the Alliance's broader approach
to security issues. We therefore approved new defence planning targets
(the 1994 NATO Force Goals) designed to ensure that our collective defence
arrangements continue to provide for the full range of Alliance responsibilities.
- We reviewed events in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We condemned the continuing
fighting and attendant atrocities. We welcomed progress in establishing
a federation between the Bosniacs and the Bosnian Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
We expressed our support for the efforts of the international community,
most recently in Geneva on 13th May, to bring the parties to the conference
table to negotiate a just and equitable solution to the conflict.