Crisis Prevention Finds Its Way Onto EU-US Summit
In the Declaration of the European Union and the United States of
America released today in Bonn, the EU and the US committed itself to further
strengthening its joint capacity to prevent or deal with regional crises. No specific
details were given regarding the actual programmes that would be developed to achieve that
goal. The declaration does recognise the key role that both the UN and the OSCE would have
to play and stated its full recognition of the "primary responsibility of the United
Nations Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security".
NATO was also mentioned in the declaration as the "centrepiece" of Transatlantic
security without reference to the alliances role in crises prevention.