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Azerbaijan, Baku, March 9 / Trend M. Aliyev /
NATO is holding discussions with Azerbaijan in the defense sector, democratic reforms and the preparation of military doctrine, U.S. representative to NATO Jennifer Davis told media in Baku.
Another topic of talks between NATO and Azerbaijan is cooperation in the field of democracy. "We have close cooperation with Azerbaijan. One of the main goals is to create stable democracy that will lead to security in the region", Davis said.
Azerbaijan has already increased its contingent in NATO from 45 to 90 soldiers. Moreover, we continue the political dialogue, Davis said. The more countries will contribute to solving the issues in Afghanistan, the better results for the region, she said.
NATO has no problems with the provision of Azerbaijan with air corridor for delivery of goods to Afghanistan, Davis said. "Currently, we have no problems on this issue. It demonstrates the level of our cooperation with Azerbaijan", the U.S. representative to the alliance said.
Fundamentals of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO were laid by signing of the framework document - the program "Partnership for Peace" on May 4, 1994. Azerbaijan was one of 27 states - OSCE members. It was one of the first countries which became a participant of this program.
An official document was signed within the program "Partnership for Peace" to determine specific areas of interaction in April 1996. Currently, Azerbaijan fulfills nearly 50 partner tasks in accordance with this program.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree "Approval of the Individual Partnership Action Plan between Azerbaijan and NATO" on August 3, 2005.
Now the cooperation is implemented within the second phase of the "Individual Partnership Action Plan between Azerbaijan and NATO".
Today the Azerbaijani-Atlantic Cooperation Association hosted an international conference "NATO: a factor of peace and democracy over the past 60 years."
NATO's role in ensuring peace and security in the past, present and future, the future cooperation between the countries of the South Caucasus with NATO and policy of reforms in democracy and security sector of NATO partner countries were discussed at the conference.
The Atlantic Treaty Assosiation President, Dr. Karl Lammers, Romania's ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Ureche, the U.S. representative to NATO, Jennifer Davis, Germany's military attache in Turkey Alexander Brandt, chairman of the Turkish Atlantic Council Omer Akbel participated in discussions.
The conference is supported by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation.