Issued at the
Meeting of the
25th May 1994
- We, the Defence Ministers and Representatives of Albania, Armenia, Belarus,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United
Kingdom and the United States met today in Brussels to take stock of and
give further impetus to our contribution to the process of dialogue, cooperation
and partnership in defence-related matters. We also had a wide-ranging
discussion on broader issues and challenges that affect our security.
We welcomed our colleagues from Finland, Slovenia and Sweden to their
- Since the last meeting of this kind in March 1993, we have intensified
our regular and structured dialogue both bilaterally and multilaterally.
Increased practical cooperation is contributing significantly to further
improved transparency and mutual understanding. Within the framework of
our cooperation, a wide range of activities and projects have been undertaken,
including symposia, seminars, staff talks, visits by experts, military
courses and other contacts. High level military visits and meetings of
the Military Committee in Cooperation session both at Military Representative
and Chief of Defence Staff level have been of particular importance in
furthering the development of our cooperation.
- We believe that our cooperation within the framework of NACC has made
a valuable contribution to the improvement of security and stability in
Europe. Our future endeavours will build upon the firm basis of understanding
and experience that we have developed through this intensified dialogue
and practical cooperation in the course of the past two years. We will
continue to devote special attention to issues such as force structuring,
training and education, defence management, defence planning issues, civil-military
relations, and the legal framework for armed forces.