|Updated: 02-Dec-2003||NATO Speeches|
2 Dec. 2003
Role in Defence Reform
Speech by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia1, Dr. Vlado Buckovski at the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council meeting in Foreign Ministers' session with invitees
Macedonia values the EAPC as a great success for NATO, a forum of dialogue and understanding, and an important mechanism for building closer cooperation and capabilitiesto address the challenges of the future.
Today, we are confronted with the fact that NATO is expanding and that
In order to sustain the development of capabilities and adapt to the new missions, EAPC must ensure that, within the framework of national needs it gets a clearer, more focused structure and functions in the area of defense reform. NATO's current defense reform priorities administered through the means of Partnership for Peace and the Individual Partnership Action Plans, are focused in a broad effort across states of the Former Soviet Union. With the next stage of enlargement upon us, there is a need for greater regional differentiation so that EAPC could concentrate its priorities acd scarce resources to help countries ready to make a genuine and serious commitment to defense reforms. This will require a move towards a differentiated relationship with subgroups of partners along functional and geographic lines.
Macedonia1 has a unique experience of what NATO can offer on a broader defense reform basis. As NATO tactical operations and presence in Macedonia1 reduced, we identified the potenttal benefits of building a deeper relationship with NATO through an advisory presence that is embedded in the Macedonian1 defense sector.
The NATO Advisory Team in Macedonia1 has been an unqualified
Currently, our defense sector is going through the critical motions
In particular, we think the Partnership can do more to unify its approach to the Balkans. This will encourage greater regional cooperation on issues of common concern and enable the partners in the region to meet NATO tasks jointly. We believe that the EAPC needs to develop a Partnership Action Plan that would build on the progress and initiatives already made in this direction - the SEE Group and Adriatic Group.
A focused and unified approach like that will give impetus to the unprecedented progress in the regional security and defense cooperation we experienced in the past year. In particular, it could focus on:
(1) Stimulating defense interdependence through burden sharing and capability
specialization across the region;