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15 December 1997

TEXT: STATEMENT ON NATO-RUSSIA PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL MEETING 12/12

(Fifth PJC meeting at ambassadorial level, Brussels) (440)



Brussels -- NATO released a statement on the December 12 Permanent
Joint Council meeting at the ambassadorial level, at which the
ambassadors discussed the PJC 1998 work program, Bosnia, the Treaty on
Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), and strengthening the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


On Bosnia, the ambassadors said, "the unity and engagement of the
international community in assisting in the implementation of the
Peace Agreement was paramount in order to reach a self-sustaining
peace." They also urged all the Bosnian parties to "make full use of
the continuing international assistance through an enhanced
cooperation among themselves and with the international organizations
active in Bosnia and Herzegovina."


Following is the text of the NATO press statement:



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NATO Press Release



NATO-RUSSIA STATEMENT ON THE 12 DECEMBER PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL
MEETING AT AMBASSADORIAL LEVEL


Brussels -- The fifth meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint
Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level took place on Friday, 12 December
1997 at NATO Headquarters. It was aimed at reviewing the
implementation of the 1997 PJC Work Programme and preparing for the
second meeting of the PJC at the level of Foreign Ministers scheduled
for 17 December 1997. In this context, Ambassadors approved a
comprehensive report on PJC activities and reached agreement on draft
1998 Work Programme, for approval by Ministers.


Ambassadors had an exchange of views on the situation in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. They welcomed the conclusions of the Peace Implementation
Conference held in Bonn on 9-10th December. They underscored that the
unity and engagement of the international community in assisting in
the implementation of the Peace Agreement was paramount in order to
reach a self-sustaining peace. The Bosnian parties must make full use
of the continuing international assistance through an enhanced
cooperation among themselves and with the international organizations
active in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Recognising the importance of the adaptation of the Treaty on
Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Ambassadors agreed that
NATO member states and Russia would continue to work together in
Vienna with the other States Parties to enhance the CFE Treaty's
viability and effectiveness. Ambassadors also had an exchange of views
on the importance of the Open Skies Treaty in strengthening security
and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.


NATO and Russian representatives discussed the role of the PJC in
creating a security architecture in the Euro-Atlantic region. They
reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and stressed the importance
of the forthcoming OSCE Ministerial Council in Copenhagen.


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