KAZAKHSTAN 24-25 Jun 2009 NATO EAPC Security Forum in Central Asia for first time

09 June. NewsAhead Agency

In April NATO leaders accepted an offer from Kazakhstan, which is also keeping its options open with Russia, to host the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Security Forum. The Alliance describes its Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and Partnership for Peace programs as the essential framework for substantive political dialogue and practical cooperation. Held for the first time in Central Asia, the meeting will work on NATO’s list of requirements for its EAPC and PfP partners, with an autumn 2010 deadline.

The former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan refused on Apr 21 to take part in NATO-organized war games in Georgia in a show of support for Russia, which has bitterly criticized the games planned for the Georgian capital Tbilisi in May. Russia, which fought a brief war with Georgia last year and strongly opposes its ambition to become a member of NATO.

The requirements include ensuring military interoperability, developing the Building Integrity initiative, which promotes transparency and accountability in the defense sector, supporting the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and contributing to international efforts to put an end to human trafficking. UNSCR 1325 was passed unanimously on 31 Oct 2000. It is the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council that specifically addresses the impact of war on women, and women’s contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace.

As defined by the Alliance, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) brings together 28 NATO and 24 partner countries for dialogue and consultation on political and security-related issues. It provides the overall political framework for NATO’s cooperation with partner countries and the bilateral relationships developed between NATO and individual partner countries with the partnership for Peace program.

These include, but are not limited to, crisis-management and peace-support operations; regional issues; arms control and issues related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; international terrorism; defence issues such as planning, budgeting, policy and strategy; civil emergency planning and disaster-preparedness; armaments cooperation; nuclear safety; civil-military coordination of air traffic management; and scientific cooperation.