Updated: 22-Nov-2001 Week of 1-7 December 1999

1 Dec. 1999
Ireland becomes a NATO Partner

On 1 December Ireland signed the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Framework Document in a special signing ceremony in the North Atlantic Council -NATO's highest decision-making body. Ireland thus became the 25th member of PfP.

In his welcoming remarks to Ireland, the Secretary General, Lord Robertson, said that this was truly a historic moment, and that by joining PfP and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), Ireland marked another step in her contribution to a new, more stable and more secure Europe.

In the afternoon of 1 December the EAPC Ambassadors endorsed Ireland's addition to the EAPC, in accordance with the EAPC Basic Document, and the Irish Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Eamonn Ryan, took Ireland's seat at the table.

Ireland has contributed to the NATO-led peace support operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. It has also participated in NATO's Ad Hoc Group on cooperation in peacekeeping with Partners.

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1 Dec. 1999
KFOR support in Kosovo

The NATO-led peace-keeping force, KFOR, continues to implement the security provisions of UN Security Council resolution 1244, which authorises an international civilian and security presence in Kosovo to ensure peace and stability and political and economic reconstruction of the province. Priority tasks include the protection of minorities, external border and internal boundary controls, close supervision of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) and countering trends towards cantonization of the province.

Support is also being provided to civil implementation tasks, in particular the "Winterisation" programme. This programme continues to gain momentum as KFOR ensures the delivery of substantial amounts of humanitarian aid, including food and clothing, to minorities and villages in need of assistance. KFOR, in conjunction with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), has delivered over 10,000 cubic meters of essential firewood throughout Kosovo. KFOR units, along with the KPC and NGOs, are working together to construct 500 winterised classroom-tents with flooring, lights, stoves and furniture. These tents will provide temporary accommodation for 15,000 school-aged children.

1 Dec. 1999
Albania develops its cooperation with NATO
Albania's Individual Partnership Programme (IPP) for 2000-2001 will soon be approved. IPPs are tailor-made programmes which spell out the political aims, the military assets a Partner is willing to contribute to Partnership for Peace activities, and the areas of cooperation the country has chosen to develop with NATO. These two-year programmes allow Partners to differentiate themselves and determine their degree of activity.

Albania is among the 9 Partner countries preparing for possible membership of the Alliance. The 8 other countries are: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1).

1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

2 Dec. 1999
Defence Ministers at NATO HQ
NATO Defence Ministers are meeting for a 2-day meeting (2 and 3 December) in Brussels. Ministers will take stock of nuclear related issues such as arms control and missile defence. They will also review NATO defence and force planning, with the intervention of NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, who is concerned about reductions in defence spending. Discussions will also be held on the Balkans, namely the restructuring of SFOR and progress made in Kosovo.

After discussing NATO-Russia and NATO-Ukraine relations, Ministers will follow up on decisions taken at the Washington Summit. They will raise the question of common logistic capabilities for different operations and the development of NATO-EU relations. The meetings will continue on the second day with the participation of Ukraine and close after members of the now 45-member Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council has convened, which will focus on cooperation in the Balkans and developing partnership.

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6 Dec. 1999
NATO-UN cooperation in Kosovo

During a meeting in New York on 6 December, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, focused on further cooperation between their organisations in Kosovo. Before the meeting, Lord Robertson had voiced his concern over continued acts of violence in the province, following the publication of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's report on Kosovo in which the pre-planned and systematic nature of crimes perpetrated by the Serbs against Kosovar Albanians was confirmed.

7 Dec. 1999
Networking Infrastructure for North-West Russia

A workshop was held in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, from 7-10 December, to study the setting up of a common data communications infrastructure for non-commercial, academic and research networks in the Barents Region of Russia.

At present, there is a tendency in the region for institutions to have separate networks, and because of limited resources it is important to find ways to share infrastructure among a number of partners. The workshop considered the academic networks of Scandinavia as a model for a network in this region, which would benefit the professional community in science, education, environment, telemedicine and health care.

The workshop was organised with support from the NATO Science Programme, and co-directed by scientists from Petrozavodsk State University and NORUT Information Technology, Tromso, Norway.

7 Dec. 1999
Lord Robertson continues visits to Allied capitals
After his meeting in New York, Lord Robertson proceeded to Washington on 7 December where he met President Clinton, Secretary of Defense Cohen and National Security Advisor Berger. His tour of NATO member countries continued in Rome from 8 to 9 December where he met President Ciampi, Prime Minister D'Alema, Foreign Minister Dini and Defence Minister Scognamiglio.