8 June 2001
of the Meeting
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
In Defence Ministers Session
Brussels, 8 June 2001
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Defence Ministers met today in Brussels
to exchange views on the security environment in the Euro-Atlantic area,
to discuss PfP's contribution to crisis management capabilities, and,
for those Ministers concerned, to approve new Ministerial Guidance for
the Partnership for Peace Planning and Review Process. The Special Envoy
of the UN Secretary-General to the Balkans, Mr. Carl Bildt, provided
his views on recent developments in the Balkans. The Secretary General
of NATO informed the EAPC of the decisions and key issues discussed
in the 7 June meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers
- Ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Euro-Atlantic area,
particularly on Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1).
Ministers welcomed the establishment of a broad-based coalition government
in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and urged continuation
of the inter-ethnic dialogue, at the same time supporting the efforts
of the authorities in Skopje to isolate the extremist elements whilst
avoiding the excessive use of force. Ministers welcomed the elements
of a strategy for dealing with the crisis presented by the Minister
of Defence of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at the meeting.
Ministers welcomed the improved military coordination between KFOR and
the Ministries of Defence and the Interior in Skopje as well as the
conclusion of a Status of Forces Agreement with the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia. Ministers also welcomed the close cooperation
between NATO and the EU in addressing the situation.
- With respect to Kosovo, Ministers re-affirmed their commitment to
the full implementation of UNSCR 1244 and support for KFOR's role in
creating a safe and secure environment. They noted the significant challenge
that organised crime poses to the objectives of the international community,
and welcomed the steps being taken by the Special Representative of
the UN Secretary-General to enhance law and order. Ministers noted the
key supporting role that KFOR will play in the upcoming elections.
- Turning to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministers confirmed their commitment
to SFOR, the full implementation of the General Framework Agreement
and to the achievement of the goals identified by the Peace Implementation
Council. They supported the efforts by the High Representative to counter
challenges posed by nationalist violence and separatist activities and
welcomed progress towards strengthening state level institutions, in
particular the Council of Ministers.
- Ministers welcomed the intention of the democratic government of
the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to cooperate towards full implementation
of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina
as well as UNSCR 1244 with respect to Kosovo. They welcomed the efforts
made to promote a peaceful resolution to the problems in Southern Serbia
and the consensual re-entry of FRY forces into the Ground Safety Zone.
They hoped that all those living in the area would participate in local
administrative and political structures, and emphasised the need for
the continued implementation of the confidence-building measures.
- The PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP), which is open to all
Partners, has proved to be a very successful tool for developing interoperability
between Allied and Partner forces and for developing capabilities for
multinational operations in which Allies and Partners take part. Croatia
and Ireland are participating in the PARP for the first time. Ministers
of Allies and the 19 Partners who take part in the PARP approved the
PARP Ministerial Guidance 2001, which sets out the planning assumptions
that will guide the further development of the PARP during the coming
- Ministers noted a number of reports on the enhanced and more operational
Partnership and NATO's contributions to long-term security and stability
in the Balkans through its South East Europe Initiative and support
to the Stability Pact. These included the Political-Military Steering
Committee Chairman's Report on overall developments in the Partnership
for Peace, which highlighted an increase in Partner contribution to
PfP programmes. They expressed satisfaction with the steady progress
of various ongoing initiatives for enhanced and more operational Partnership
and welcomed the expansion of the PfP Trust Fund on Anti-Personnel Landmine
Stockpile Destruction to include small arms, light weapons and ammunitions.
Ministers expressed satisfaction with the status of implementation of
the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) and underscored the need
to make the necessary resources available in order to allow the elements
of the OCC to develop their full potential.
- Ministers were pleased with the results of the second review of the
implementation of the Political-Military Framework for NATO-led PfP
Operations, which reflect lessons learned from routine cooperation between
NATO and Partners in SFOR and KFOR and also from the crisis management
exercise CMX-01 in February. Ministers also noted with appreciation
the progress achieved in the context of the PfP Training and Education
Enhancement Programme (TEEP).
- The next meeting of the EAPC Defence Ministers will take place in
Brussels, in December 2001.
recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.