The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC) met at Ambassadorial
level on Wednesday, 27 February 2002.
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council
Following a briefing on the meeting of Military Representatives
under the auspices of the PJC held on 14 February 2002, Ambassadors
discussed the security situation in the Balkans. They addressed
the evolving peace process in the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia (1). They exchanged views on NATO-Russia
cooperation in the international security presence in Kosovo
(KFOR) and reiterated their full commitment to building there
a democratic, multiethnic society.
Ambassadors noted the progress achieved to date on the implementation
of the task given by Ministers of NATO Allies and Russia in
December 2001 to explore and develop, in the coming months,
building on the Founding Act new, effective mechanisms for consultation,
cooperation, joint decision, and coordinated/joint action in
the context of the Ministerial decision to give new impetus
and substance to our partnership with the goal of creating a
new council bringing together NATO member states and Russia
to identify and pursue opportunities for joint action at 20.
Ambassadors also addressed political and defence efforts against
proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and
their delivery means, including discussions on current risks/threats,
and on managing the consequences of NBC use or threat of use
and TMD cooperation. They agreed to further intensify cooperation
in this area.
The PJC at Ambassadorial level will meet again on 20 March
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