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July 1997

8-9 July

Madrid Summit Meeting of the North Atlantic Council. NATO Heads of State and Government agree to invite the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to begin accession talks with NATO with a view to becoming members of the Alliance, after completion of the ratification process, in April 1999. They reaffirm that NATO remains open to new members under Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty and agree to review the process at their next meeting in 1999. Formal signature of the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine. NATO Heads of State and Government issue a special declaration on Bosnia and Herzegovina reaffirming their commitment to the full implementation of the Peace Agreement and to the establishment of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a single, democratic and multiethnic state.

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9 July

Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of NATO and Cooperation Partners under the aegis of the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Council (EAPC). The meeting focuses on how the EAPC can most effectively be used to contribute to security and stability.

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11 July

US Army General Wesley Clark replaces General G. Joulwan to become the new Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

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16 July

Coordination of assistance for flooding in Poland takes place through NATOs Disaster Relief Policy at the request of the Polish government.

18 July

First meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level in Brussels agrees on organisational and procedural arrangements.

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22 July

The WEU issues a Declaration on the Role of the Western European Union and its Relations with the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance.