|Updated: 05-Dec-2003||NATO Speeches|
2 Dec. 2003
by Minister of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. K. Gulomov
Uzbekistan is pursuing active transformations in the military sphere aimed at establishing compact, mobile, well equipped and trained Armed Forces, interoperable with NATO forces, able to effectively participate in international peacekeeping. In this connection, the Partnership activities in the realm of military reforms can significantly contribute to our success.
We believe that the scope of our cooperation within the PfP/EAPC framework will be determined depending on how the Partnership, at the present stage of its development, is able to organize effective cooperation on the issues of military transformation based on specific needs of the partner nations.
We have to admit, that owing to a range of reasons, the current Partnership procedures are not allowing for full utilization of its capacity to meet this challenge.
In our opinion, the following accents and initiatives could help to bring the effectiveness of Partnership on par with the modern requirements:
1. It is important, through the Individual Partnership Action Plan,
to work out within the shortest possible timeframe the concept and specific
tools allowing practical assistance to partner nations in reforming their
IPAP should play leading role in assisting with defense reforms. In this regard, we express our determination to present to NATO in January of 2004 our IPAP Presentation Document and call for Allies to begin active cooperation in the framework of this program.
I would like to point out that NATO's initiative on establishing PfP Cells in partner nations promotes cooperation in the field of military transformation, fosters on site expert evaluation and assistance, facilitates the Partnership's adaptation to the needs of its members. Thereupon, we once again call on the NATO nations to take active measures in establishing these Cells in interested partner nations, including one in Uzbekistan.
Finally, setting up the PfP Training Center in Uzbekistan would further promote the personnel training in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan. This would also promote effective cooperation with NATO, assist in adopting its procedures and standards, which at the end will enable us to carry out our interactions on the wide spectrum of mutually significant issues.
Recent events have been showing that NATO Is a unique organization, possessing
political, military and humanitarian capabilities to effectively address
these challenges. We should use this capacity in full to build together
a new and safe world.