Romania to continue operating as NATO representative in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 20 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The Romanian embassy in Azerbaijan received a mandate to serve as a representative concerning relations between Azerbaijan and NATO in 2011.
"The embassy has already prepared an action plan. NATO expects to approve it soon at its headquarters. We hope that our activity in this second mandate will be as fruitful as it was in 2010," Nikolai Ureki, Romanian ambassador and NATO coordinator to Azerbaijan, said.
The Romanian embassy representated NATO in Azerbaijan this year.
The signing of a Partnership for Peace document on May 4, 1994, laid the foundation for cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO. Azerbaijan was one of 27 OSCE member countries to join the program.
In April 1996, an official document envisaging concrete avenues of cooperation was also signed within the framework of the Partnership for Peace. Now, Azerbaijan is fulfilling about 50 tasks in conformity with the program.
On Aug. 3, 2005, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree for the approval of an action plan about individual partnership between Azerbaijani and NATO.
Currently cooperation is already happening between Azerbaijan and NATO in the second phase of the IPAP.
The authorities and civil society in Azerbaijan supported the embassy in the first mandate as NATO representative, the ambassador said at the conference on "NATO's New Strategic Concept: Regional Challenges and Partnerships."
The Romanian Embassy in Azerbaijan joined the Azerbaijan Public Association of Security and Defence in organizing the conference.
At the conference MP Rasim Musabayov noted as host country Azerbaijan, like all NATO member-countries, is entitled to call on the alliance to ensure security,
He further said Azerbaijan supported the results of the NATO Lisbon summit. Resolutions adopted by the alliance require solving all the conflicts existing in the South Caucasus, given the territorial integrity of countries.
The NATO summit took place in Lisbon on Nov. 19-20.
During the two-day NATO summit the presidents of NATO member-countries adopted a new strategic concept in a document which defines the priorities of the Alliance's activity and envisaged threats it's likely to confront in the 21st century.