on the 24 October Permanent Joint Council Meeting at Ambassadorial Level
The third meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council PJC at
Ambassadorial level took place on Friday 24 October 1997 at NATO Headquarters, Brussels.
The representatives of NATO and Russia exchanged views on measures to promote cooperation,
transparency and confidence between NATO and Russia in broad terms and highlighted the
wide range of relevant activities foreseen in the Founding Act to this end.
Ambassadors had an exchange of views on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including
NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR. They stressed the importance of fully implementing the
results of the recent municipal elections in the country, and agreed on the need to
support the OSCE in its task to supervise the forthcoming elections in the Republika
Ambassadors reviewed the implementation of the Work Programme for the Permanent Joint
Council until the end of 1997, which had been approved at the first Ministerial meeting of
the PJC on 26 September in New York. They agreed on a schedule of political consultations
leading up to the December PJC Ministerial. They also set up a politico-military working
group of experts on
peacekeeping. They agreed that expert level meetings will be held to update the Russian
Individual Partnership Programme under PfP as soon as possible and to prepare
consultations on nuclear weapons issues and to determine the potential scope for
armaments- related cooperation. Steps will be taken to prepare a Ministerial decision on
the opening of a NATO documentation
centre in Moscow next January.
Ambassadors underscored the importance of yesterday's visit of Russia's Chief of the
General Staff, General Kvashnin, to NATO Headquarters and the need to increase
defence-related and military cooperation. All participants welcomed the appointment of
Lieutenant-General Zavarzin as Russia's military representative to NATO and expressed
their satisfaction about the prospect of intensified military-to-military contacts
The next meeting of the Joint Council is scheduled for 24 November.