Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend T.Konyayeva/
NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation is fruitful, NATO Military Staff, Maj. Gen. Carlos Branco told journalists today.
"We have all of the tools and opportunities to expand and deepen our cooperation with Azerbaijan under the new concept of NATO," Carlos said.
He said at the moment NATO and Azerbaijan are developing several joint projects.
"We hope to expand cooperation in the implementation of existing and new projects with Azerbaijan," Carlos said.
He noted that NATO appreciates the presence of the Azerbaijani peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan.
Prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO are being discussed during NATO's winter session from Jan. 30-Feb. 6 in Baku.
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.