Updated: 20-Nov-2000 NATO Press Releases


20 Nov. 2000


NATO-Ukraine Commission
20 November 2000

The NATO-Ukraine Commission met on 20 November 2000 in Ambassadorial session in Brussels.

The Commission reviewed the situation in the Balkans. NATO and Ukraine welcomed the democratic changes in the FRY and their positive impact on security and stability in the region.

NATO and Ukraine reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of UNSCR 1244 and ensuring a multiethnic and democratic Kosovo within the FRY. NATO and Ukraine confirmed their determination to continue close cooperation within KFOR and expressed their appreciation for its continuing crucial role in maintaining stability in Kosovo. Members of the Commission gave a positive assessment of Ukraine's practical contribution to KFOR through its helicopter unit and the contribution to the Polish-Ukrainian peacekeeping battalion.

The Commission discussed NATO-Ukraine cooperation in non-military areas, inter alia, Civil Emergency Planning, Science and Environment, Information, Economics and Armaments. The Ukraine and NATO Ambassadors reiterated the importance of non-military cooperation and its practical value.

Members of the Commission expressed their strong belief that Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) and coordinated disaster response is still one of the most promising and rapidly developing area among EAPC/PfP Programs. They welcomed the results of the first ever practical EAPC exercise of the Euroatlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center (EADRCC) and Euroatlantic Disaster Response Unit (EADRU) "Trans-Carpathia 2000", which was hosted by Ukraine in September this year.

Ambassadors welcomed the establishment of the NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Science and Environment and the results of the first meeting it held in October this year.

Ambassadors noted the first meeting of the Economics Committee in "19+1" session with Ukraine in September this year, where the progress of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Project on retraining of retired Ukrainian military personal was discussed. The Commission considered that, in addition to this Project, other initiatives will provide solid ground for deeper Ukraine-NATO cooperation in Economics area: the Course on Defense Economics for Ukrainian officials organized in Kyiv from September to December this year, the recent meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Open-ended Working group on Economic security held in Cracow (Poland) in October, and the regular participation of Ukrainian representatives in EAPC Economic seminars and meetings.

The Commission agreed that the further development of information coverage of NATO-Ukraine cooperation in Ukraine could provide for better understanding in Ukraine of today's NATO and its role in Euro-Atlantic security, and thereby generate support for the implementation of the strategic course of Ukrainian foreign policy. As to the practical aspects of cooperation in the information field, the Commission stressed the importance of continued information visits of Ukrainian officials, students, journalists to NATO Headquarters and SHAPE, highlighted the essential role of the Contact Point Embassy of Poland in Kyiv, and recalled the indispensable contribution which had been provided over the last several years by the previous Contact Point Embassy of Canada. The Commission recognized the growing role of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine in this process.

The Commission expressed satisfaction with a successful development of NATO-Ukraine cooperation in the framework of the Joint Working Group on Defence reform. Its meeting at senior level on 5 October reinvigorated the cooperative process of the last two years, provided an opportunity for both sides to outline concrete steps for NATO-Ukraine cooperation in this area. This includes making greater use of the PFP Planning and Review Process to support Ukraine's planned defence reform and the opening of cooperation with the Border Guards and Ministry of Interior Forces. The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to support defense reform in Ukraine as a key aspect of transformation in Ukraine. The Commission expressed its appreciation for the contribution made by the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv to facilitate cooperation in defense reform and Ukraine's participation in the Partnership for Peace.

Members of the Commission also positively assessed the implementation of the NATO-Ukraine Work Plan for the implementation of the Charter for 2000 and reviewed the draft Work Plan for 2001.

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