30 May 2001
the Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Foreign Ministers
Session, 30 May 2001, Budapest
- The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of the member countries
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met in Budapest today.
- The Secretary General of NATO informed the EAPC about the main results
of the North Atlantic Council meeting on 29 May.
- Ministers exchanged views on developments in South-East Europe, following
opening remarks by Foreign Minister Svilanovic of the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia. EAPC Ministers welcomed his presentation at the meeting
as an indication of the progress that has been made in relations with
the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and an important perspective on the
challenges ahead. They underlined their common commitment to building
lasting peace and stability in South-East Europe, and stressed the importance
of working constructively together to find acceptable solutions to the
challenges that confront the international community in the region.
They expressed support for Yugoslavia's efforts to integrate itself
into the Euro-Atlantic community.
- Ministers welcomed ongoing cooperation in South-East Europe and the
contribution of the Alliance's South-East Europe Initiative and its
support for the Stability Pact. They welcomed the South-East Europe
Common Assessment Paper on Regional Security Challenges and Opportunities
(SEECAP), developed by a number of EAPC nations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as a key document to underpin
further regional cooperation efforts to build lasting stability and
security in South-East Europe.
- Ministers welcomed the formation of a broad coalition government
in Skopje and exchanged views on the security situation it is facing.
They rejected the use of violence by extremist groups to pursue political
objectives; such objectives can only be achieved through peaceful, democratic
means. Ministers encouraged further concentrated efforts, through dialogue
and within the democratic process, to address the concerns of the ethnic
Albanian population and to isolate the extremists, while avoiding the
excessive use of military force.
- Ministers commended KFOR's efforts to carry out its mandate under
UN Security Council Resolution
1244 to ensure a secure environment in Kosovo, in close cooperation
with UNMIK. They condemned continued acts of violence in Kosovo, whether
ethnically, politically or criminally motivated and called for an end
to such acts. They noted recent decisions to allow the controlled return
of Yugoslav forces into Sector B of the Ground Safety Zone and welcomed
recent positive developments towards a peaceful solution to the problems
in Southern Serbia. They welcomed in particular the widespread and voluntary
demobilisation and disarmament undertaken by extremist groups in that
- Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
and commended SFOR's continued efforts in contributing to stability
and supporting the full implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords.
They restated their determination to continue to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina
along the path to lasting peace. They condemned all forms of separatism
and nationalist violence and called on all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina
to address issues of concern within the existing institutional framework
of the country.
- Ministers examined how to strengthen cooperative security in the Euro-Atlantic
area. They discussed the activities of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership
Council since their last meeting and exchanged views on how political
and security related cooperation in pursuit of security and stability
throughout the entire Euro-Atlantic area might be further enhanced.
They welcomed complementary cooperative initiatives in various parts
of the Euro-Atlantic area, to foster practical regional cooperation
in South-East Europe, the Baltic region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
- Ministers discussed the development and use of existing EAPC/PfP mechanisms,
and took stock of progress made on the overall development of the enhanced
and more operational Partnership. In the same context, Ministers welcomed
the results of the second implementation review of the Political-Military
Framework for NATO-led PfP Operations, which highlighted significant
progress in the way Partners contributing to NATO-led operations are
involved in the planning, conduct and political oversight of such operations.
Ministers acknowledged the invaluable contribution that Partner forces
make to the NATO-led operations in the Balkans, and agreed that efforts
should continue to fully implement the provisions of the Political-Military
Framework for such operations. Ministers also noted with satisfaction
the progress achieved in the implementation of the main elements of
the Operational Capabilities Concept, that aims to improve the interoperability
of Allied and Partner armed forces to work together more effectively.
- Ministers will meet again in Brussels in December 2001.