News

26 March 1998

TEXT: PRESS RELEASE ON NATO-UKRAINE COMMISSION MEETING MARCH 26

(Meeting at ambassadorial level in Brussels) (390)



Brussels -- NATO issued a press release summarizing the March 26
meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the ambassadorial level,
which reviewed the implementation of the partnership charter and the
launching of joint working groups on defense reform and civil
emergency planning.


The ambassadors also discussed NATO-Ukraine cooperation in
peacekeeping, taking note of Ukraine's contribution to SFOR and its
"readiness to further contribute to peacekeeping in Bosnia beyond June
1988."


The Commission will meet at the level of foreign ministers later this
spring.


Following is the text of the press release:



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NATO Press Release (98)34

26 Mar. 1998



MEETING OF THE NATO-UKRAINE COMMISSION AT THE LEVEL OF AMBASSADORS 26
MARCH 1998


Today, the NATO-Ukraine Commission met at the level of Ambassadors.
The Commission reviewed the implementation of the Charter on a
Distinctive Partnership between NATO and Ukraine, which was signed
last year at the Madrid Summit by NATO Heads of State and Government,
NATO Secretary General J. Solana and Ukrainian President L. Kuchma.
Ambassadors noted with satisfaction that implementation is proceeding
well, and renewed their mutual commitment to continue to develop the
partnership in a dynamic way, including through implementation of the
1998 Work Plan.


The Commission noted with satisfaction the launching of the Joint
Working Group on Defence Reform, which complements Ukraine's active
participation in the Partnership for Peace, in the areas of civil
military relations, resource planning and management, and officers and
noncommissioned officers professional development. It welcomed the
establishment of a Ukraine-NATO joint group in the field of civil
emergency planning. Ambassadors highlighted the continuing
NATO-Ukraine cooperation in the field of information, with the NATO
Information and Documentation Centre in Kyiv playing an important
role.


The Commission welcomed Ukraine's active role in EAPC, noting in
particular the EAPC seminar on resource management in defence spending
hosted by Ukraine in February 1998.


Ambassadors also held a wide-ranging discussion on cooperation between
Ukraine and NATO in peacekeeping. NATO Ambassadors appreciated
Ukraine's important contribution to SFOR and welcomed Ukraine's
readiness to further contribute to peacekeeping in Bosnia beyond June
1988.


The NATO-Ukraine Commission will meet again at the level of Foreign
Ministers in the Spring of 1998.


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