Updated: 18-Jul-2001 NATO Press Releases


18 July 2001

Press Statement

Meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council at Ambassadorial level
Wednesday 18 July 2001

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level met on Wednesday, 18 July 2001.

Following a briefing on the meeting of Military Representatives under the auspices of the PJC held on 3 July 2001, Ambassadors discussed, as a regular part of their consultations, the evolving situation in the Balkans. They expressed their serious concern regarding the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and reiterated their full commitment to the security, stability and territorial integrity of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. They stressed the importance of the continuing cease-fire for a political settlement. Ambassadors also exchanged views on the NATO-Russia cooperation in the international security presence in Kosovo (KFOR) and discussed measures to facilitate the safe return of IDPs and refugees.

Ambassadors also discussed issues related to increasing transparency, predictability and mutual confidence regarding the size and role of the conventional forces of member States of NATO and Russia.

Looking forward to a further intensification of the NATO-Russia dialogue and cooperation in the second half of the year, Ambassadors agreed on steps to implement the PJC Work Programme for 2001, adopted at the PJC meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers on 15 December 2000.

At Ambassadorial level, the PJC will meet again on 19 September 2001.

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