Romania supports the Azerbaijan-NATO dialogue and as coordinator of the alliance in the country tries to “bring Azerbaijan to the North Atlantic alliance,” Romanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan and NATO representative in the country Nicolae Ureki said speaking at the conference “NATO’s role in ensuring stability and security in Europe and on the strategic arena” in Baku today.
“We support Azerbaijan’s participation in the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. The main purpose of holding such conferences is clarifying the roles and responsibilities of NATO. We want to bring to the attention of the Azerbaijani society the role that the Alliance plays, as the post-Soviet countries have a superficial idea about the alliance, he added.
Conference on “NATO’s role in ensuring stability and security in Europe and the strategic arena,” is dedicated to the 16th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s cooperation with NATO and the 61st anniversary of the alliance. The meeting was organized by the social organization of defense and security of Azerbaijan and the Romanian Embassy.
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”.