News

01 December 1997

TEXT: NATO-RUSSIA STATEMENT ON PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL MEETING

(Fourth NATO-Russia PJC meeting held Nov. 24) (460)



Brussels -- The fourth meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint
Council (PJC) at the ambassadorial level took place on November 24 at
NATO Headquarters.


"NATO and Russia stressed the importance of political and defense
efforts against proliferation of nuclear, chemical or biological
weapons and their delivery means. Ambassadors welcomed Russia's recent
decision to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to
continue to discuss proliferation issues next year," according to a
NATO-Russia joint statement issued following the meeting.


The ambassadors also discussed efforts of the NATO-led Stabilization
Force (SFOR) and NATO-Russia cooperation in Bosnia, peacekeeping
operations in general, and the PJC work schedule for 1998. In
addition, they "underscored the need to increase defense-related and
military cooperation. They stressed the importance of the inaugural
meeting of military representatives under the auspices of the PJC on
27 November 1997."


Following is the text of the NATO-Russia statement issued in a NATO
press release:


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NATO

Press Release

24 Nov. 1997



NATO-RUSSIA STATEMENT ON THE 24 NOVEMBER PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL
MEETING AT AMBASSADORIAL LEVEL


The fourth meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at
Ambassadorial level took place on Monday, 24 November 1997 at NATO
Headquarters.


Building upon the first Ministerial meeting of the PJC in New York and
work currently under way in the PJC politico-military working group on
peacekeeping, the representatives of NATO and Russia exchanged views
on peacekeeping operations.


Ambassadors had an exchange of views on the situation in Bosnia and
Herzegovina in the wake of the Assembly elections in the Republika
Srpska and discussed NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR.


NATO and Russia stressed the importance of political and defense
efforts against proliferation of nuclear, chemical or biological
weapons and their delivery means. Ambassadors welcomed Russia's recent
decision to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to
continue to discuss proliferation issues next year.


Ambassadors reviewed the implementation of the work program for the
Permanent Joint Council until the end of 1997, which had been approved
at the first Ministerial meeting of the PJC on 26 September 1997 in
New York. They focused on ongoing work with regard to civil emergency
planning and the progress on updating Russia's Individual Partnership
Program. NATO and Russia also exchanged initial views on the PJC work
program for 1998 which will be approved by Ministers in December.


Ambassadors underscored the need to increase defense-related and
military cooperation. They stressed the importance of the inaugural
meeting of military representatives under the auspices of the PJC on
27 November 1997.


The next meeting of the Permanent Joint Council is scheduled for 12
December 1997.


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