NATO Armenia Partnership Document Developed

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A document developed within the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan program was published Tuesday. The document consists of four chapters spanning political–security–military–public information–science and environment issues. The document envisions that Armenia would strengthen cooperation with European and Euro-Atlantic structures and institutions–and is aimed at deepening cooperation with European and Euro-Atlantic structures and institutions–and would further its practical and political cooperation with NATO. In an effort to become closer to NATO–Armenia would promote regional security and stability in the Caucasus and would work constructively to develop and improve relations with its neighbors. The document also noted that Armenia would work toward the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and fully supports the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group. The document–which was approved by Armenia–also called for normalization of relations with Turkey. The document also called on Armenia to make further progress in democratic reform–human rights–the rule of law and the fight against corruption. Based on the provisions of the agreement–Armenia would solidify democratic institutions–through constitutional–electoral and legal reforms–in an effort to comply with international standards. Within the framework of the document–Armenia would take steps to combat corruption and undertake practical measures to institute transparent and broad-based accountability mechanisms. Under the terms of the document–Armenia would institute a review of its emergency management elemen’s–in order to improve that sphere–as well as its capabilities in combating terrorism and organized crime. Building on existing cooperation with NATO. Armenia expressed it willingness to become more actively involved in the implementation of relevant programs and activities. Within the context of defense and military issues of the document–Armenia would define the missions and roles of the armed forces and other security institutions–while at the same time improving the efficiency of its defense planning and budgeting system and develop affordable and sustainable defense plans. The Republic of Armenia plans to review the personnel management system for the military and civilian personnel of the Ministry of Defense. The document calls for Armenia to develop a peacekeeping battalion followed by a brigade using NATO standards. Armenia would review its current border security practices and procedures to improve its border security. Using this review–it will also determine its priority equipment needs.

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