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Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Meets During NATO Ministerial

08 December 2005

EAPC discusses Afghanistan, Kosovo, other international challenges

Washington -- The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) met in Brussels, Belgium, December 8 during the NATO Ministerial to discuss a range of issues, including developments in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and increased cooperation with countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The EAPC, which includes the 26 NATO member countries and 20 partners, regularly meets during the December meeting of NATO foreign ministers.  The NATO-Russia Council and NATO-Ukraine Commission also hold meetings in conjunction with the ministerial meeting.

A statement from the EAPC chairman on the meeting said the ministers welcomed positive developments in Afghanistan and the continuing expansion of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) there. NATO took command of the ISAF in 2003.

During the NATO Ministerial December 8, the foreign ministers agreed to expand the alliance's ISAF mission by deploying 6,000 more troops into the southern region of Afghanistan. (See related article.)

The EAPC ministers also expressed support for the status talks on Kosovo and highlighted that “the implementation of Standards in Kosovo must continue with undiminished energy and a stronger sense of commitment.” (See related article.)

The EAPC chairman’s statement is available on the NATO Web site.

For information on U.S. policy, see International Security and Rebuilding Afghanistan.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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