Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 March / Trend corr K. Ramazanova/ The NATO appraisal mission will visit Azerbaijan in mid-April, the NATO coordinating officer for the South Caucasus Zbignev Ribatski said to journalists in Baku on 6 March.
According to Ribatski, the purpose of his visit is to appraise the fulfilment of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP).
Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia are cooperating with NATO on IPAP.
The foundation for cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO was laid through signing a program-document within the framework of the Partnership for Peace on 4 May 1994. Azerbaijan was the first amongst the 27 OSCE member countries to join the program. In April 1996, an official document envisaging concrete directions in the cooperation was signed within the framework of the Partnership for Peace. Now, by the program Azerbaijan is fulfilling about 50 tasks.
In August 2005, the Azerbaijani President signed the Decree on Approval of the Working Plan on Individual Partnership between Azerbaijan and NATO. Presently, the two sides are cooperating within the framework of the second stage of the Working Plan.