9 June 2000
the meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
in Defence Ministers Sessions, Brussels, 9 June 2000
- The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met today at Defence
Ministers level in Brussels. Ministers welcomed Croatia as the newest
and 46th member of the EAPC.
- General Ralston, and the commanders of SFOR and KFOR, Lieutenant-General
Adams and Lieutenant-General Ortuno, briefed Ministers on the current
situation in the NATO-led operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Ministers welcomed the successful completion of the SFOR restructuring.
They expressed support for the efforts of the High Representative to
facilitate civil implementation and for the results of the recent PIC
- Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to help restore peace in a
multi-ethnic and democratic Kosovo. They discussed continuing concerns
over the security situation in Kosovo, including in Mitrovica, and in
the Presevo Valley, and condemned the continuing level of violence,
in particular the recent spate of killings of ethnic Serbs. They emphasised
the importance of supporting UNMIK in rebuilding a multi-ethnic society,
civil institutions and the need to return refugees and displaced persons.
They urged nations to provide the necessary resources - police, judges,
prosecutors and funding - to build a more effective judicial system.
Ministers welcomed the close co-operation between KFOR and UNMIK and
the need for full implementation of the United Nations Security Council
- The briefings by COMSFOR and COMKFOR underscored the important contributions
that Partners are making to operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and
Kosovo. Sixteen Partner nations are contributing forces to these operations,
and Partner nations in the region are providing essential facilities
and transit and overflight rights in support. Ministers welcomed developments
to make PfP a more operational partnership so as to be better able to
support such peace support operations. They noted, in particular, the
progress on PfP's Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC), which will
enhance our overall capability to mount and sustain multinational operations.
Ministers stressed the need to make further progress on the OCC's assessment
and feedback programme, with initial assessments and a first exercise
- Ministers also noted the importance of the Political-Military Framework
for NATO-led PfP Operations and welcomed the start of the initial review
of its implementation. They noted positive steps already taken to increase
Partner involvement in political consultations and decision-making,
in operational planning and in command arrangements. These include more
frequent and timely consultations on Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina in
EAPC Ambassadorial meetings and in the Military Committee, greater involvement
of Partners in the Policy Co-ordination Group, new mechanisms at SHAPE
to increase consultation and information exchange with contributors
to SFOR/KFOR, and actions in theatre to involve Partners more closely
in operational planning.
- Ministers also received reports on overall developments in PfP since
the Washington Summit. Ministers welcomed the completion of work on
the Training and Education Enhancement Programme and urged its speedy
implementation. Ministers also noted a report on the Alliance's South-East
Europe Initiative (SEEI) and emphasised the importance they attach to
the further development of this initiative, in particular the regionally
led initiatives such as the South-East Europe Security Co-operation
Steering Group, and focused training, education and simulation programmes
making use of the regional PfP Training Centres.
- Ministers welcomed the development of the first full set of Partnership
Goals, and received a Summary Report describing the main trends and
issues in the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP). These Partnership
Goals aim inter alia at further developing and enhancing effective and
interoperable forces and capabilities for the full range of NATO-led
PfP operations, and they also reflect key areas for improvement identified
in the Defence Capabilities Initiative.
- Ministers will meet again in December 2000 in Brussels.