25 May 2000
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council,
held in Florence on 25 May 2000
- The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of the member countries
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met in Florence today.
The Secretary-General of the Western European Union also attended the
- Ministers welcomed Croatia as the newest (46th) member of the EAPC
and of the Partnership for Peace, following its signature of the PfP
Framework Document earlier today.
- The Secretary General of NATO informed the EAPC about the main results
of the North Atlantic Council on 24 May and the meetings of the NATO-Russia
Permanent Joint Council and of the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
- Mr. Bodo Hombach, the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for
South-East Europe, briefed Ministers on the work and activities of the
Stability Pact aimed at contributing to the building of lasting peace
and stability in the region. Ministers reiterated their strong support
for the work of the Stability Pact and discussed the contribution of
the EAPC and PfP to enhanced regional cooperation and stability in South
East Europe. They took note of a progress report on development of NATO's
South-East Europe Initiative and its support for the Stability Pact
for South-East Europe.
- Ministers exchanged views on the security situation in the Balkans,
in particular in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ministers noted the
significant progress achieved in Kosovo one year after the deployment
of KFOR. Ministers addressed issues of continuing concern in Kosovo:
ethnic hostility and tension, including in Mitrovica and the Presevo
Valley; the need to rebuild civil society and institutions; and the
return of refugees and displaced persons. They reaffirmed their commitment
to contributing to the goal of a peaceful, multi-ethnic and democratic
Kosovo. Ministers recognised the close cooperation between KFOR and
the United Nations Missions in Kosovo (UNMIK) in implementing United
Nations Security Council Resolution 1244. Ministers also welcomed the
continuing success of SFOR in carrying out its mandate in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- Ministers underlined the importance of increased consultations within
the EAPC framework on Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina in accordance with
the Political-Military Framework for NATO-led Operations. They welcomed
the review of the implementation of that framework now underway.
- Ministers discussed the expanding activities of the Euro-Atlantic
Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace and exchanged views
on how this cooperation might be further developed and made more effective,
including for conflict prevention and crisis management. Ministers noted
a report on EAPC activities since their last meeting. They welcomed
the work by the EAPC/PfP in supporting and complementing international
action in the fields of Small Arms and Light Weapons and Global Humanitarian
Mine Action and the work undertaken to foster practical regional cooperation
in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
- Ministers highly appreciated the significant progress since the Washington
Summit in implementing the important decisions on further enhancing
the Partnership for Peace and making it more operational. They noted
a report on the development of the Enhanced and more Operational Partnership
and endorsed reports on the implementation of an Operational Capabilities
Concept to reinforce PfP operational capabilities and improve Partner
interoperability, as well as on the Training and Education Enhancement
Programme that aims at increasing the ability of training and education
to meet current and future demands of the Partnership. Ministers strongly
encouraged further efforts in all these fields.
- Ministers will meet again in December 2000.