09 June 2000
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council Meeting at Ministerial level held in
Brussels on 9 June 2000
The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) met at the level of Defence Ministers on
Friday, 9 June 2000 in Brussels.
Ministers emphasised the important role of the partnership between NATO and Russia for
stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic area. Allies and Russia welcomed the recent
steps, following the visit of the Secretary General of NATO to Moscow last February, to
strengthen consultation and cooperation in the Permanent Joint Council on a broader range
of issues. In
this context, they agreed to intensify their dialogue and cooperation in the defence and
military field on the basis of common interest, reciprocity and transparency, as laid down
in the NATO-Russia Founding Act.
Ministers discussed the situation in the former Yugoslavia and noted the continuing good
cooperation on the ground between NATO and Russian forces in SFOR and KFOR; they agreed to
work for further improved cooperation at all levels. They emphasised their joint
determination to implement in full the provisions of UNSCR 1244. They reaffirmed their
joint resolve to stop violence against ethnic minorities, to resist extremists, and to
stand firmly together against provocations or other attempts to undermine the peace
process. Together, with unity of purpose, they are determined to achieve their objectives
of multi-ethnicity in Kosovo, return of refugees and internally displaced persons
irrespective of their ethnic origin, strengthening of local democratic structures, and
establishment of a functioning judicial system; and to win the fight against organised
crime, arms and drugs
trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.
Ministers exchanged views on the defence-military priorities for the NATO-Russia dialogue
and cooperation. They emphasised the importance of discussing the implementation of
strategy and military doctrine, as a means to enhance transparency, build confidence, and
dispel misperceptions with a view to ensuring stability. They agreed to pursue these
discussions both in the
PJC and with military representatives under the auspices of the PJC in the PJC-MR. They
noted the PJC Work Programme for the remainder of 2000 agreed in Florence. Ministers
welcomed the positive outcome of the recent meeting of the PJC-CS and subsequent progress
on agreeing the Work Plan for the meetings of military representatives.
Ministers welcomed the positive momentum of their fifth PJC Defence Ministers meeting, and
agreed to meet again in December in Brussels.