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NATO PA Standing Committee stresses the importance of unity

Press release, 24 March 2018

 

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The agenda of the Standing Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) for today includes discussions on the NATO PA Draft Declaration which is expected to be adopted at the Warsaw Spring Session in May 2018. The document aims to highlight NATO’s unity, achievements and challenges in the run-up to the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government due to be held in Brussels on 11–12 July 2018.

Welcoming NATO’s significant progress since 2014 in adapting to the new security environment, the Assembly reaffirms the importance of unity of the Alliance and notes that all allies are bound by the basic principle laid down in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, namely, that an armed attack on one or more members shall be considered an attack on all.

Articles on defence, deterrence and modernisation of the Alliance focus on the need to ensure NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland and the necessity of eliminating the legal and regulatory obstacles for military mobility in Europe. Note is made of the importance to develop the ability of the allied forces in the region to operate in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments, as well as maintain a flexible and responsive posture, allowing NATO to respond to all challenges from wherever they emanate.

The draft also recognises the need to maintain NATO’s dialogue with Russia, while addressing and holding Russia accountable for its unacceptable violations of international laws and norms.

The Assembly suggests further promoting efforts to encourage the development of cooperation between NATO and the EU. This entails reaffirming the joint EU and NATO commitment to coordinated action for mobility in Europe; reducing the fragmentation of the European and transatlantic defence industry; and encouraging increased defence industrial cooperation. Notably, it is important to ensure the fullest involvement of non-EU Allied countries in efforts to enhance European security and defence.

The draft declaration also states that NATO allies have to share the responsibility and fulfil the commitment to increase the funding for defence purposes to at least 2 % GDP by 2024 and spend more than 20 % of defence budgets on major equipment, including related research and development.

In the draft, the NATO PA, inter alia, supports an open door policy, condemns Russia’s ongoing occupation of the territories of Georgia and Ukraine, and reiterates support for Georgia’s membership perspective and Ukraine’s membership aspiration.

Apart from work on the draft declaration, the Standing Committee also accomplished the following tasks: Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, briefed the participants on Lithuania’s priorities and expectations in the run-up to the NATO summit; the decision on the President of the NATO PA was made; a statement on the attack in the UK on 4 March 2018 was adopted; Assembly funding, forthcoming sessions and meetings were discussed.

 

Jolanta Anskaitienė, Adviser, Press Office, Information and Communication Department,

 tel. +370 5 239 6508, e-mail: jolanta.anskaitiene@lrs.lt

 

   Last updated on 03/27/2018
   Jolanta Anskaitienė

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