News

24 June 1998

TEXT: STATEMENT ON NATO-RUSSIA PJC MEETING JUNE 24

(Discussed Bosnia, SFOR, Kosovo) (240)



Brussels -- The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council met at the
ambassadorial level June 24, discussing Bosnia-Herzegovina, SFOR;
Kosovo, and other issues, including defense-related economic issues.


Following is the text of NATO-Russia statement concerning the meeting.


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NATO Press Release

24 June 1998



NATO-RUSSIA STATEMENT ON THE 24 JUNE 1998 PERMANENT JOINT COUNCIL
MEETING AT AMBASSADORIAL LEVEL


The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) at Ambassadorial level
met on Wednesday, 24 June 1998 at NATO Headquarters.


Ambassadors exchanged information and views on the situation in and
around 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. With regard to Kosovo,
discussion centred on the international community's response to the
crisis and the ongoing intense diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful
solution.


The representatives of NATO and Russia were informed about the meeting
of military representatives under the auspices of the PJC on 15 June.


Ambassadors exchanged views and information on defence-related
economic issues, including defence conversion and retraining of
retired military officers.


The next meeting of the Permanent Joint Council at the Ambassadorial
level is scheduled for 22 July 1998.


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