Updated: 04-May-2001 NATO Press Releases


(2001) 057

4 May 2001


Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission
in Ambassadorial session

The NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Ambassadorial session at NATO Headquarters on 4 May 2001. Members of the Commission welcomed H.E. Dr. Ihor Kharchenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine at the NUC meeting as the head of Ukraine's delegation.

The Commission reviewed recent developments in the European security environment and in this context discussed the continuing contribution of the NATO-Ukraine Distinctive Partnership to regional security. The Commission exchanged views on the evolving Euro-Atlantic security and defence architecture, regional security and the security of Ukraine, and reiterated that the security of all states in Euro-Atlantic area is indivisible. Ukraine welcomed NATO's continuing efforts to meet the changing circumstances in European security and its role, together with other international organizations, such as the EU and OSCE, in promoting Euro-Atlantic security. In this context, NATO Allies, proceeding from the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, welcomed Ukraine's initiative to consult on developments in the NATO-EU dialogue on the issues which have direct impact on the national security interests of Ukraine.

Members of the Commission discussed the situation in the Balkans, and NATO Allies expressed their appreciation of the efforts by Ukraine to strengthening stability, including in Kosovo. The Commission expressed its deep concern about recent violence in southern Serbia and in the northern part of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Commission strongly condemned these acts of violence and called on those responsible to stop them. In this context members of the Commission welcomed the effective results of Ukraine's Presidency in the UN Security Council aimed at the stabilisation of the security situation in the region. The Commission supports the efforts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1) to co-operate with NATO to end the violence.

Members of the Commission exchanged views on the results of Ukraine-NATO co-operation during the first six months of 2001. The Commission welcomed the adoption in January 2001 of Ukraine's State Program of Co-operation between Ukraine and NATO for 2001-2004. In this connection the Commission considers that the newly instituted National co-ordinators will be an important tool to further deepen the NATO-Ukraine distinctive partnership. The Commission expressed its appreciation that a number of promising projects are being developed in the framework of NATO-Ukraine co-operation in different spheres.

The Commission welcomed the effective co-operation between Ukraine and NATO in defence reform. Between October 2000 and May 2001, the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group met several times at different levels in Kyiv. The Commission noted with satisfaction the effective cooperation between Ukraine and NATO and implementation of the activities agreed under Joint Working Group Defence Reform (JWGDR). The decision to extend the JWGDR to include a broad range of ministries and organisations engaged in security and defence matters has led to the development of new activities such as the series of round tables with the Verkhovna Rada. The decision to use the Planning and Review Process as a tool of defence reform objectives represents a new innovative approach to our common work. Ukraine welcomed the assistance of NATO and of several individual Allies, including Canada, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Poland in this field.

In the field of economic-related activities, the Commission noted with satisfaction that on 26 February 2001 NATO and Ukraine signed a second agreement, for 2001, On the Practical Implementation of the NATO-Ukraine Programme Concerning Retraining of Discharged or to be Discharged Military Personnel in Ukraine , and expressed its satisfaction that discussions on Defence planing, programming and budgeting are scheduled to be held in the Rada on 13 June.

In the field of nonproliferation, the Commission welcomed Ukraine's readiness to develop practical modalities of NATO-Ukraine co-operation, specifically with the Senior Defence Group on Proliferation (DGP) and the NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre. In this context, members of the Commission noted that NATO-Ukraine consultations on WMD are planned for May 2001.

Ukraine expressed deep gratitude for the prompt and effective reaction to the urgent request of Ukraine in connection with the flood in Trans-Carpathia. The important technical assistance provided to the flood-affected region by the Netherlands, Hungary, and a number of other Allies and partner countries substantially helped the Ukrainian Authorities to cope with this tragic natural disaster and to mitigate its consequences. Ukraine also expressed its appreciation for the efficient and professional contribution of the NATO Civil Emergency Planning Directorate and Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Co-ordination Centre (EADRCC), which effectively co-ordinated assistance. In this context the Commission underlined the importance and timeliness of the Ukraine-NATO Pilot Project on the flood prevention with the participation of Moldova, Romania and Slovakia which is to be launched in the nearest future.

The Commission assessed positively the results of four years of activity of the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine and two years of activity of the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine.

1. Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name.

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