Azerbaijan, NATO to consider alliance's new concept
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 28 / Trend /
The prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO will be discussed during the winter session of NATO from Jan. 30-Feb. 6, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.
The session is devoted to the new concept of the alliance.
The official opening of the session will be held on Jan. 31. Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov, Romanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Ureki and head of the NATO Military Staff, Maj. Gen. Carlos Branco will attend the event.
The foundation for cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO was laid through the signing of a program-document within the framework of the Partnership for Peace on May 4, 1994. Azerbaijan was one of 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, Azerbaijan is fulfilling about 50 tasks in conformity with the program.
On Aug. 3, 2005, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the "Approval of the Action Plan on Individual Partnership between the Azerbaijani Republic and NATO."
Now cooperation is carried out within the second phase of the Individual Partnership Action Plan between Azerbaijan and NATO.