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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
95/05/30 Statement: As President DíHonneur at NAC Ministerial
Office of the Spokesman


                            U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 
                            Office of the Spokesman 
 
                           (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) 
 
___________________________________________________________________ 
As Prepared for Delivery                            May 30, 1995 
For Immediate Release 
 
                     OPENING STATEMENT AS PRESIDENT D'HONNEUR 
                    NORTH ATLANTIC COUNCIL MINISTERIAL MEETING 
                      SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER 
 
                            Noordwijk, The Netherlands 
                                  May 30, 1995 
 
 
Mr. Secretary General, distinguished colleagues and friends:  I am 
honored to join you once again as President d'Honneur of the North 
Atlantic Council.  I would like to welcome those ministers who have 
joined us since our last meeting in December.  On behalf of all the 
members of the Council, let me extend to you the assurance of the close 
cooperation that is the strength of this Alliance. 
 
Fifty years since the end of World War II, our ministerial meeting marks 
an important occasion for reflection.  We have begun to put in place a 
comprehensive security architecture that will advance peace and 
stability across Europe. 
 
NATO remains the central security pillar of Europe, and the core 
institution for linking the security of North America to Europe.  In the 
last five years, NATO has undertaken sweeping changes to match the sweep 
of Europe's transformation. 
 
While maintaining NATO's core defensive role, we are adapting its 
military forces to address the new demands of crisis management and 
peace-keeping.  We are supporting a capable European Defense Identity 
and a broader role for the Western European Union.  We are building 
enduring ties between NATO and the new democracies of Central and 
Eastern Europe.  And tomorrow, the Alliance will take an important step 
to develop its dialogue with Russia. 
 
Three weeks ago in Moscow, Russia agreed to proceed with its 
participation in the Partnership for Peace and to move ahead with a 
broader dialogue with NATO.  We welcome that development.  Russia's 
decision to deepen its cooperation with Europe and North America 
enhances our ability to achieve our common goal of a truly integrated 
Europe. 
 
Under the Partnership for Peace, Russia and the Allies will conduct 
military exchanges, hold joint military exercises, and train together 
for peacekeeping.  Beyond the Partnership, we will pursue an extensive 
dialogue on vital security issues, including non-proliferation and 
nuclear security.  At tomorrow's 16 plus 1 meeting with Russia's Foreign 
Minister Kozyrev, and in the months ahead, we will launch this dialogue 
to define the framework for an expanded relationship with Russia. 
 
The NATO-Russia relationship we are pursuing complements the other 
elements of our strategy:  strengthening the Partnership for Peace, 
further strengthening the OSCE, and maintaining steady progress toward 
enlargement of both NATO and the European Union. 
 
The Partnership for Peace gives form and substance to the new 
cooperative relationship between the Alliance and its former 
adversaries.  The Partnership has made impressive progress since last 
December.  In my intervention today, I will put forward several 
proposals to strengthen the Partnership for the future. 
 
Since its creation, NATO has always been open to adding new members.  
The process of enlargement is moving forward along the same steady, 
transparent course the Allies set last year.  We have begun to examine 
how enlargement will occur and its implications for European security.  
We will present our conclusions to interested partners this fall. 
 
Each of these steps is an essential part of our effort to build a 
comprehensive security architecture for Europe.  As we continue to adapt 
NATO, we must also continue our support for other institutions of 
security and economic cooperation.  European integration, bolstered by 
the European Union, is helping to extend prosperity to all of Europe.  
And the strengthened Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 
can and should play a central role in conflict prevention and crisis 
management. 
 
This comprehensive strategy for European security will strengthen our 
ability in the future to prevent the kind of conflicts we are witnessing 
in the former Yugoslavia.  Later today, we will have an opportunity to 
discuss in detail recent events in Bosnia.  We look forward to 
discussing with all our NATO allies, including many valued troop 
contributors, the very important understandings we reached last night in 
the Contact Group.  These include our conviction that UNPROFOR should 
remain in Bosnia, with the means to ensure it can carry out its mission 
safely and effectively.  We also emphasized the need to sustain our 
vigorous diplomatic efforts.  In the meantime, we unanimously agreed 
that the Bosnian Serbs must end their violations of UN resolutions and 
release all detained UN personnel immediately. 
 
Our entire agenda today reminds us of the great importance of European 
integration -- a process that has been fundamentally linked to the 
broader transatlantic relationship since the Marshall Plan years.  Over 
the last several months, several of my colleagues in this room have made 
important contributions to our dialogue on reinforcing the bonds between 
Europe and the United States.  I intend to address this timely set of 
issues later this week in Madrid.  I will emphasize America's 
willingness to bolster the transatlantic relationship by taking 
additional steps to strengthen our political consultations and economic 
ties. 
 
I will also reaffirm the unshakable commitment of the United States to 
remain engaged in Europe -- through this Alliance and through our 
involvement in the other great institutions of security and economic 
cooperation.  President Clinton is determined that America will continue 
to stand by its commitments to its European allies and to its friends 
around the world. 
 
Thank you.
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