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30 October 2002

NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Defense Reform Sees Accomplishments

(NATO press release on Oct. 28 Working Group meeting) (330)
At its October 28 meeting in Yalta, the Joint NATO-Ukraine Working
Group on Defense Reform cited several accomplishments over the past
year, including the signing of an agreement that will facilitate
Ukrainian support for NATO-led operations, the destruction of surplus
arms and munitions, and the strengthening of civil control of the
armed forces. The group also looked at priorities for 2003.
"NATO will continue to provide assistance and expertise to support
military reform in Ukraine," said Edgar Buckley, NATO Assistant
Secretary General for Defense Planning and Operations, according to
the following press release:
(begin text)
NATO Update
28 Oct. 2002
NATO-UKRAINE WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES DEFENCE REFORM
The Joint NATO-Ukraine Working Group on Defence Reform met in Yalta on
28 October to discuss the state of and prospects for defence reform in
Ukraine.
The meeting, which brought together senior experts and officials from
NATO and Ukraine, examined the progress made in 2002 and discussed
priorities for 2003.
The signing of an agreement aimed at facilitating Ukrainian support
for NATO-led operations, the destruction of surplus arms and
munitions, and the strengthening of civil control of the armed forces
were considered the major achievements of the past year. Co-operation
extended beyond the Ministry of Defence and included Ukraine's
National Security Council, border guards and Parliament.
"There was progress last year and NATO will continue to provide
assistance and expertise to support military reform in Ukraine," said
Edgar Buckley, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Planning
and Operations. Priorities for 2003 will include defence reform, the
fight against terrorism, development of on-the-job training at NATO
headquarters, destruction of surplus small arms and weapons, and the
implementation of agreements signed in 2002.
The Joint Working Group on Defence Reform is part of the wider
framework of the NATO-Ukraine partnership, established in 1997. The
group provides a forum for NATO and Ukraine to discuss a broad range
of defence issues and projects aimed at assisting Ukraine in military
reform. The work of the group is one of the components of the new
NATO-Ukraine Action Plan, currently being discussed by NATO and
Ukraine.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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