Azerbaijan, Baku, May 4 / Trend, S.Agayeva /
"Azerbaijan's entry into NATO depends on the country's will. Azerbaijan must improve and upgrade its defense capabilities, both in the military and civilian areas," Norweigan Ambassador to Azerbaijan Jan Ramberg said.
NATO's new strategic concept will be adopted in November 2010, the ambassador said while addressing a conference on "NATO's Role in Ensuring Stability and Security in Europe and the Strategic Arena" in Baku.
The concept will cover all member states, as well as NATO partner states. At this stage, consultations on adopting the new concept are being held between bloc member states.
Fundamentals of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO were laid by signing a framework document on the Partnership for Peace Program May 4, 1994.
An official document was signed within the program to determine specific areas of interaction in April 1996.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the "Approval of the Individual Partnership Action Plan between Azerbaijan and NATO" Aug. 3, 2005.
Cooperation is implemented within the second phase of the Individual Partnership Action Plan Between Azerbaijan and NATO.