Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission with the participation of H.E.
Mr. A.Zlenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Kyiv, 9 July 2002
On 9 July 2002, the NATO-Ukraine Commission met in Ambassadorial session
in Kyiv. This meeting marked the fifth Anniversary of the signing of the
NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership.
Foreign Minister Zlenko delivered a welcoming address by Ukrainian President
Leonid Kuchma, which emphasised the substantial contribution of the NATO-Ukraine
Distinctive Partnership to strengthening overall security in the Euro-Atlantic
area, and outlined Ukraine's policy of Euro-Atlantic integration, including
its strategy towards NATO.
Allied Ambassadors welcomed Minister Zlenko's statement that NATO enlargement
strengthens European security, and that NATO's open-door policy is one
of the major elements of overall European integration processes, and that
both enhance Ukraine's national security. Allied Ambassadors also welcomed
Ukraine's commitment to further develop its democratic institutions and
continue to implement economic reforms in the context of Ukraine's decision
to seek long-term full integration into Euro-Atlantic security structures.
The Commission noted the Progress Report on implementation of the Reykjavik
Ministerial tasking, to develop a plan for deepening and broadening the
NATO-Ukraine relationship, to be defined in time for the meeting of Heads
of State and Government In Prague in November 2002. This Progress Report
reviews the Distinctive Partnership's achievements, and suggests areas
for deepened political and practical cooperation to be included in a new
NATO-Ukraine action plan that would take the NATO-Ukraine relationship
to a qualitatively new level. These include, inter-alia, the evolving
NATO-Ukraine political dialogue, practical cooperation in defence reform,
economic-related activities, border guard cooperation, armaments related
issues, civil emergency planning and science. NATO and Ukraine will continue
close consultation and cooperation, including at the expert and working
level, to define, in preparation for the NUC meeting at the Prague Summit,
the parameters and modalities of a deepened NATO-Ukraine relationship,
building on the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership.
The Commission also noted the joint NATO-Ukraine Stocktaking Report,
which reviewed NATO-Ukraine cooperation since 1997. The report highlighted
several significant accomplishments, including the successful implementation
of Ukraine's IPP's and the NATO Ukraine Work Plan, projects on retraining
military personnel and the conversion of military bases, and the Joint
Working Group on Defence Reform's development of 80 National Defence Reform
Objectives. Cooperation in Civil Emergency Planning, and disaster preparedness,
particularly the projects on flood prevention and relief, and through
Science for Peace and the Committee on Challenges of Modern Society underscore
the tangible benefits of NATO-Ukraine cooperation to the Ukrainian people
The Commission recognised the important contribution made by the NATO
Information and Documentation Centre and the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine
to the development of the Distinctive Partnership and reiterated its commitment
to support their work.
Allied Ambassadors look forward to the ratification and full implementation
in the nearest future of the NATO-Ukraine Security Agreement, which will
considerably facilitate the work of the JWGDR and the broader cooperation
carried out under PfP.
Members of the Commission noted with satisfaction Ukraine's continued
contribution to Allied efforts in the international fight against terrorism,
including the use of Ukrainian military transport to deploy Allied troops
in Afghanistan, and the opening of Ukrainian air space to Allied aircraft
participating in the anti-terrorist campaign. NATO and Ukraine reiterated
their determination to combat the threat of terrorism as long as necessary.
Members of the Commission welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
on Host Nation Support between NATO and Ukraine, and the opening of negotiations
on strategic airlift.
The Commission also noted with satisfaction the launch of a PfP trust
fund to destroy 400,000 Anti-Personnel Landmines in Donetsk.
NATO and Ukraine emphasized their commitment to promote long term stability
in the Balkans through regional reconciliation and cooperation, goodneighbourliness,
stable and secure borders, protection of the rights of members of ethnic
groups and minorities, confidence building measures, and a lasting resolution
to the problem of refugees and displaced persons. While expressing special
appreciation of KFOR's efforts in bringing stability to Kosovo, NATO Ambassadors
welcomed Ukraine's decision to continue its contribution to KFOR through
Ukraine's component of the Polish-Ukrainian Battalion, and highlighted
the role of the Polish Ukrainian battalion in patrolling the border between
Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1).
The Commission welcomed the results of the meeting of the NATO-Russia
Council at the level of Heads of State and Government held in Rome on
May 28, 2002. The Commission welcomed the deepened dialogue, co-operation
and consultations between NATO and Russia, which contribute to the strengthening
of Euro Atlantic security.
NATO Allies thanked Ukraine for its hospitality, and welcomed Ukraine's
commitment to building a stable democracy based on the rule of law and
respect for human rights, and a strong market economy. NATO Ambassadors
also welcomed the opportunity to discuss NATO-Ukraine cooperation with
President Kuchma and the Verkhovna Rada.
Following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, NATO Permanent
Representatives and the Secretary General attended seminars and information
activities in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv and Donetsk.
1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with
its constitutional name.