Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of Defence Ministers held at NATO Headquarters
The Commission noted Ukraine's continuing contribution to European security. NATO Ministers expressed appreciation for Ukraine's continued support for NATO-led operations in the Balkans and the participation of Ukrainian forces in the Polish-Ukrainian Battalion in KFOR. Allies noted the valuable contribution provided by the Ukrainian 14th Helicopter Detachment to KFOR. During its 18 months service, ending in March 2001, the 14th Helicopter Detachment conducted over 6,500 flight missions.
The Commission noted with satisfaction the status report on implementation of activities under the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Defence Reform. Ministers noted the wide range of activities including a series of roundtables on security and defence with Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada and ongoing discussions with the navy and border guard on maritime related issues. The Commission noted the offer of Canada to appoint an instructor to the newly established multinational faculty established at the Ukrainian National Defence Academy. Ministers also noted Ukraine's offer to host a PfP symposium on "The World in the 21st Century: Cooperation, Partnership and Dialogue" to take place on 5-6 July in Kyiv.
The Commission underlined the importance
of the PfP Planning and Review Process
as a useful tool to support Ukraine's
defence reform efforts. Ministers
noted the completion of an assessment
of current capabilities of the Ukrainian
armed forces and of Ukraine's current
reorganisation and restructuring plans.
NATO Ministers reaffirmed their commitment
to support defence reform and the
efforts of the JWG. The Commission
noted that nations were exploring
options to reinforce these defence
reform efforts by assigning senior
officers of Allied nations to the
Ukrainian Ministry of Defence to assist
Ukraine in areas such as force planning.
Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the important contribution of the NATO Liaison Office and the NATO Information and Documentation Centre to the implementation of Joint Working Group activities aimed at supporting defence reform and the wider programme of cooperation between NATO and Ukraine. Ministers also noted with satisfaction the contribution of the two Ukrainian officers posted to SACLANT and AFSOUTH headquarters and agreed to continue to examine measures aimed at further strengthening liaison and coordination arrangements.
Ministers noted the great value they place on the work of the Joint Working Group at Senior Level and agreed to review further progress on defence reform when they meet again in Autumn 2001.