Updated: 07-May-2002 NATO Statement

8 June 2001


NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council
Meeting at Defence Ministers Level
Held in Brussels on 8 June 2001

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) met at the level of Defence Ministers on Friday, 8 June 2001 in Brussels.

As enshrined in the NATO-Russia Founding Act, Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to a strong, stable and enduring partnership in the defence and military field. They agreed to step up their efforts to promote lasting and inclusive peace throughout the Euro-Atlantic area, based on the principles of democracy and cooperative security.

Ministers reviewed the situation in the Balkans. They noted the good cooperation between their forces on the ground, and the high degree of common ground in their assessment of the security situation. They reiterated their full commitment to the security, stability and territorial integrity of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). They reaffirmed the importance of supporting Skopje’s efforts in isolating extremist elements while at the same time pursuing political reforms. They called upon all ethnic communities to stand firm against extremism and violence.

Ministers welcomed the efforts of the democratic government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to contribute towards long-term stability in the region. They welcomed the peace plan developed by the FRY/Serbian authorities to normalise inter-ethnic relations in southern Serbia, and the improved security situation in the area. They urged continued implementation of the confidence building measures set out in the peace plan. They noted the good cooperation with the FRY authorities in the context of the re-entry of the FRY security forces into the ground safety zone.

Ministers expressed their support for a democratic Montenegro within a democratic Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. They noted the danger of unilateral action and called for an early resumption of a constructive dialogue between the authorities in Belgrade and Podgorica.

Ministers welcomed the significant efforts of NATO and Russian contingents in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. They strongly condemned the continued incidents of violence in and around Kosovo as well as extremist and terrorist activities. They reiterated their commitment to the full implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UNSCR 1244 in all their aspects.

Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the broad range of issues addressed in the PJC since their last meeting, including defence reform, arms control, problems of proliferation, the retraining of discharged military personnel, combating international terrorism, as well as dialogue on ways and means to improve cooperation in the EAPC and PfP.

Ministers pursued discussion on Russian proposals for non-strategic missile defence and agreed to continue this exchange of views in the PJC. They also addressed nuclear weapons issues, including inter alia NATO proposals for nuclear Confidence and Security Building Measures.

Ministers endorsed a Progress Report on the implementation of the work programme on cooperation in search and rescue at sea under the auspices of the NATO-Russia PJC, and a work programme for July-December 2001. They also welcomed the Memorandum of Agreement on the opening of an “Information, Consultation and Training Centre" on the Resettlement of Military Personnel due for discharge or discharged from the Russian Federation Armed Forces.

Ministers emphasised the importance they attach to the further development of their military-to-military cooperation and agreed to accelerate consultations on the establishment of a NATO Military Liaison Mission in Moscow (MLM) with a view to reaching agreement by the end of the year.

Ministers agreed to meet again at Ministerial level in Brussels on 18 December 2001.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

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