7 Dec. 2001
the Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Foreign Ministers
- The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of the member countries
of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met in Brussels today.
- The Secretary General of NATO informed the EAPC about the main results
of the North Atlantic Council meeting on 6 December.
- This EAPC meeting marks the tenth anniversary of the Partnership
and Co-operation. In December 1991, the North Atlantic Co-operation
Council met for the very first time, so that members of the Alliance
and its Partners could face together the challenges of the post-Cold
War era. Ministers agreed that over these past ten years, EAPC member
countries had constructed a genuine partnership across the former dividing
lines of the Euro-Atlantic area.
- Ministers also agreed that the work of the Partnership was in no
way complete. They reiterated the EAPC statement issued the day after
the horrific attack on the United States, which condemned unconditionally
those brutal acts, stated clearly that they represented an attack on
the common values of the member states, and pledged to undertake all
efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism. They agreed that the EAPC
- a unique coalition of 46 nations from North America to the countries
of Central Asia - represented a vital pillar of the international coalition
against terrorism and underlined their resolve to make full use of the
EAPC/PfP framework to share information, to coordinate practical activities,
and to help protect their populations against terrorism. In this context,
Ministers endorsed the new EAPC Action Plan for 2002-2004, which includes
new cooperative approaches in the international fight against terrorism.
- Ministers exchanged views on developments in South-East Europe. They
reaffirmed their commitment to a peaceful, stable and democratic South-East
Europe and condemned unconditionally all acts of violence, whether ethnically,
politically or criminally motivated.
- Ministers welcomed the positive developments in the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia and the coordinated
and successful approach of the International Community towards helping
resolve the crisis. Ministers welcomed in particular the contribution
to the peace process made by NATO's Operation Essential Harvest and
the continuing role of Task Force Fox in support of OSCE and EU monitors,
the Parliament's adoption of changes to the country's constitution,
and the amnesty declared by President Trajkovski. They urged that all
parties involved implement in full the reforms contained in the Framework
- Ministers welcomed the Kosovo-wide elections of 17 November as an
important step towards a peaceful, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and
democratic Kosovo. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment towards bringing
lasting peace and stability to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ministers also
welcomed ongoing regionally-led cooperation in the framework of SEEGROUP
and work underway for security sector reform based on SEECAP.
- Ministers discussed the development and use of existing EAPC/PfP
mechanisms, on the basis of reports before them. They welcomed recent
stock-taking discussions on the current state of the enhanced and more
operational Partnership and the decision to conduct a Comprehensive
Review of Partnership next year. They agreed that this review should
focus on ensuring that the Partnership was able to meet future challenges
as efficiently and effectively as possible.
- Ministers will meet again in Reykjavik in May 2002.
recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.