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17 December 1997

TEXT: NATO PRESS SUMMARY ON NATO-RUSSIA PJC MEETING

(December 17 Permanent Joint Council Meeting) (620)



Brussels -- The second meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint
Council (PJC) at the foreign minister level took place in Brussels
December 17 and focused on reviewing the implementation of the
NATO-Russia Founding Act since the ministers last met.


A NATO press summary of the meeting said the ministers "welcomed the
positive development of NATO-Russia relations and the substantial
increase of consultation and cooperation achieved over the last few
months, at the level of Foreign Ministers, Defense Ministers, Chiefs
of General Staff, and Ambassadors."


The ministers also welcomed the progress made in implementing the 1997
work program and stressed the importance of "defense-related military
cooperation."


The statement also noted that "all participants highly valued
NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR. They reiterated their determination
to continue their close cooperation under the Peace Agreement to help
bring peace and security to Bosnia. They strongly endorsed the
conclusions of last week's Peace Implementation Conference (PIC) in
Bonn, and called upon the Parties to the Peace Agreement to cooperate
fully towards the fulfillment of their commitments."


They agreed to meet again at ministerial level in Luxembourg in May
1998.


Following is the text of the press summary:



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NATO

Press Summary



NATO-RUSSIA PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL MEETING AT FOREIGN MINISTERS'
LEVEL
Brussels, 17 December 1997



The second meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council at the
level of Foreign Ministers took place on Wednesday, 17 December 1997,
in Brussels.


Ministers reviewed the implementation of the NATO-Russia Founding Act
since their last meeting. They welcomed the positive development of
NATO-Russia relations and the substantial increase of consultation and
cooperation achieved over the last few months, at the level of Foreign
Ministers, Defense Ministers, Chiefs of General Staff, and
Ambassadors.


Ministers welcomed the steps taken to implement the 1997 Work Program
and approved a specific Work Program for the NATO-Russia Permanent
Joint Council for 1998. The Work Program is aimed at enhancing the
security of NATO and Russia as well as that of all nations in the
Euro-Atlantic area. It outlines a number of priority issues for
consultations and information exchange, such as measures to promote
cooperation, transparency and confidence; strategy, defense policy and
military doctrines of NATO and Russia, budgets and infrastructure
development programs, as well as disarmament and arms control, and
peacekeeping. It also includes practical cooperation activities such
as Russia's participation in the Partnership for Peace, cooperation in
the scientific and environmental fields, civil emergency planning, the
retraining of retired military personnel and aspects of defense
conversion.


Ministers stressed the importance of an increased defense-related and
military cooperation. They welcomed the appointment of Russia's Senior
Military Representative at NATO Headquarters and the beginning of
regular meetings between NATO and Russian Military Representatives,
which will now be held monthly under the auspices of the Permanent
Joint Council.


Ministers evaluated the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. All
participants highly valued NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR. They
reiterated their determination to continue their close cooperation
under the Peace Agreement to help bring peace and security to Bosnia.
They strongly endorsed the conclusions of last week's Peace
Implementation Conference (PIC) in Bonn, and called upon the Parties
to the Peace Agreement to cooperate fully towards the fulfillment of
their commitments.


NATO and Russian Ministers exchanged views on peacekeeping operations,
based on a report by the Political-Military Working Group on
Cooperation in Peacekeeping under the Permanent Joint Council and
stressed the importance of continuing their common work in this field.
All participants expressed their determination to further work in a
constructive spirit and to substantiate the NATO-Russia cooperation
under the Founding Act. They agreed to meet again at Ministerial level
in Luxembourg, in May 1998.


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