|Updated: 08-Jun-2006||NATO Speeches|
Colonel-General Safar Abiyev,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Strengthening of the role of Partnership as part of the overall transformation
of the Alliance as well as bolstering its capabilities to address new
threats and challenges to international security remains the priority
for our joint work.
Dear colleagues, Azerbaijan actively uses the existing PfP tools and mechanisms that remarkably has increased the level of interoperability of our troops with the Allied forces and facilitates the conduct of defence and security reforms. We are committed to do more in this regard, broadly utilizing the extensive PARP and IPAP frameworks. Despite the occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, one million refugees and internally displaced person and the fact that 70% of Armed Forces personnel are in line of contact in trenches, we have already launched a process of transformation of our Armed Forces in accordance with NATO standards. One brigade has already been established, including mobile battalion that will be organized and trained through the OCC Evaluation and Feedback activities in order to meet the requirements for modern military operations in changing strategic environment. We will continue modification of our forces and adaptation of a new structure within Ministry of Defence, General Staff and subordinate commands in 2007 and 2008.
As a Nation actively participating in global efforts to counter terrorism, Azerbaijan attaches great importance to NATO’s Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism (PAPT). We are trying to build bilateral and multilateral cooperation both with Allies and Partners through this mechanism. Next month Azerbaijan will be hosting an EAPC Workshop on Terrorism, focusing on Partners contribution to NATO operations to combat terrorism and further improvement of integration of counter-terrorism aspects in training and exercises. The high quality of cooperation of Allies and Partners at all levels across the whole spectrum of the defence and security sector is crucial to the success of the international fight against terrorism.
The South Caucasus is the only region in the Euro-Atlantic area where the security and stability of nations still remains hostage to unsettled conflicts. This situation prevents the full realisation of Euro-Atlantic Partnership initiatives and activities in the region. We believe that international community, including NATO, has not by far employed its significant potential to address key security issues of our region.
In conclusion, I would like to underscore that the Republic of Azerbaijan remains committed to practically supporting the on-going NATO-led Crisis Response Operations and speaks in favour of open and constructive cooperation to combat international terrorism and aggressive separatism, to strengthen security, stability and peace in the whole Euro-Atlantic area and beyond.
Thank you very much for your attention.