6 Dec. 2001
NATO Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson,
Much has happened since our last meeting
in Budapest. First of all, following the September 11 attacks, Ukraine has
stood shoulder to shoulder with the Allies and other partners in the campaign
at the Joint Point de Presse
with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Anatoliy Zlenko
Second, we were able to review today an impressive level of dialogue
and cooperation between NATO and Ukraine, and the role of our Distinctive
Partnership, especially in strengthening stability and security in the
We are proud of our achievements, but this is not the time for complacency,
impatience or disengagement. The Balkans remains an area of sensitivity
and we stand close together in what we do.
We have stepped up the intensity and scope of concrete cooperative projects.
The Work Plan for 2002 offers a rich and promising menu. This was illustrated
today at the beginning of the ministerial meeting through the signing
of a Memorandum of understanding between Ukraine and the NATO
Maintenance and Supply Organisation (NAMSO). This important
project involves the destruction of over 400,000 landmines in Ukraine,
to be managed with the assistance of NATOs largest agency NAMSO
and financial support from Canada, Hungary and Poland.
Finally, we strongly reaffirmed our political determination to ensure
that NATO-Ukraine relationship has a solid future. Ukraine matters to
NATO. The Allies consider that its independence and prosperity are essential
elements of European security and stability. A prosperous and fully democratic
Ukraine, living in peace with its neighbours, will always be a valued
partner and friend of NATO.
I am therefore delighted to welcome, among his many friends, Foreign
Minister Zlenko and to thank him for the contribution he has made for
todays NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting.