News

26 March 1998

TEXT: STATEMENT ON NATO-RUSSIA PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL

(Council met at ambassadorial level in Brussels March 25) (270)



Brussels -- NATO issued a press release summarizing the March 25
meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council at the
ambassadorial level. The ambassadors "focused on the continuation of
NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR within the framework of the
multinational force in Bosnia and Herzegovina" following the end of
SFOR's current mandate in June.


They also discussed peacekeeping and non-proliferation efforts. The
next meeting will be April 29.


Following is the text of the press release:



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NATO Press Release

25 Mar. 1998



NATO-RUSSIA STATEMENT ON THE 25 MARCH 1998 PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL
MEETING AT AMBASSADORIAL LEVEL


The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level
met on Wednesday, 25 March at NATO Headquarters.


Ambassadors exchanged views on the situation in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. They focused on the continuation of NATO-Russia
cooperation in SFOR within the framework of the multinational force in
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period following the end of SFOR's
current mandate in June.


The representatives of NATO and Russia were informed about the meeting
of military representatives under the auspices of the PJC on 19 March.


Ambassadors exchanged views on peacekeeping and welcomed the progress
of ongoing work in the political/military experts' working group on
peacekeeping. The Ambassadors also reviewed their political and
defence efforts against the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and
chemical weapons and their delivery means.


The next meeting of the Permanent Joint Council is scheduled for 29
April 1998.


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