Nato-Russia Council

Action Plan on Terrorism 2008 implementation report

NATO-Russia Council Action Plan on Terrorism 2008 mid-year implementation report.

In line with the guidance by the Heads of State and Government, the NRC continues its work in implementing the NRC Action Plan on Terrorism adopted in December 2004 and, as stated at the NATO-Russia Summit in Bucharest on 4 April 2008, the fight against terrorism remains a key area of NRC cooperation. At their meeting of 28 July 2008, NRC Ambassadors noted a Mid-Year Implementation Report that provides an update on joint efforts carried out in the first half of 2008 in the framework of the Action Plan and discussed the way ahead in adapting their cooperation to the evolving nature of the threat. Below is the de-classified version of the report submitted to the NRC Ambassadors:

NATO-RUSSIA COUNCIL ACTION PLAN ON TERRORISM 2008 MID-YEAR IMPLEMENTATION REPOR HELD IN BRUSSELS ON, 28 July 2008

The NRC continues to devote resources and political will to developing cooperation against the terrorist threat, with good results. Since its launch in December 2004, the NATO-Russia Council Action Plan on Terrorism has served as an effective tool in ensuring the overall co-ordination and strategic direction of NATO Russia co-operation in the struggle against terrorism. As in previous years, this report provides an update on co operative efforts carried out in the first half of 2008 in the framework of the Action Plan. A comprehensive account of the status of implementation of all Action Plan activities is provided to Ambassadors separately, in the Annotated Implementation Programme.

PREVENTING TERRORISM

The NRC has made some progress on projects aimed at reducing the vulnerability of forces, individuals and property to terrorism. Most of the specific activities tasked in this section of the Action Plan on Terrorism are on schedule. Considerable progress has been achieved in the implementation of the NRC Pilot Project on Counter-Narcotics Training of Afghan and Central Asian personnel, which was made an NRC on-going initiative, at the NRC Summit in Bucharest. The NRC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Terrorist Threat to the Euro-Atlantic Area continues to organise experts' meetings, as more specific topics found common interest among nations. For example, one of the upcoming meetings of the experts will focus on the military component of anti-terrorism measures, including measures for the protection of diplomatic missions abroad.

At the same time, no host nation has been identified yet for the organisation of a major conference to follow up to the 2005 Ljubljana and 2007 Ankara Conferences.

COMBATING TERRORIST ACTIVITIES

All of the specific activities in the area of combating terrorist activities are on track for successful implementation or have been already completed. The land transit arrangements through the Russian Federation for commercial transport of ISAF cargo established during the NRC Bucharest Summit with the Russian Federation was an important milestone this year. Russian support to Operation Active Endeavour remains a tangible demonstration of NATO-Russia solidarity in the struggle against terrorism, and represents an important opportunity for NATO and Russian personnel to acquire operational and intelligence-sharing experience, and to develop interoperability in key areas such as communications and language skills. The Russian Federation announced that the LADNIY will join the Operation in August-September 2008.

MANAGING THE CONSEQUENCES OF TERRORIST ACTS

The NRC continues to make some progress in enhancing the ability of its member states to cooperate in managing and mitigating the consequences of terrorist acts, with most of the activities in this area progressing according to foreseen timelines. The NRC Science for Peace Committee is developing projects and prototypes with a particular focus on oil spill response and ecological terrorism, and the NRC Ad Hoc Working Group on Civil Emergencies is considering modalities for the Rapid Deployment Capability and an Emergency Transportation Fund, which will be further elaborated in the second half of the year.

RECOMMENDATION

The NRC is invited to take note of this report. At the same time, taking into account that joint action against terrorism has been identified as a priority at the NRC Summit in Bucharest, consideration might be given to reviewing the Action Plan in 2009 with a view to streamlining it and adapting it to the evolving nature of the threat.