NATO Parliamentary Assembly


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presented by the Political Committee

The Assembly,

1.     Emphasising that NATO's core mission remains collective defence, but recognising that today's security risks - including failed or failing states, regional instability, the spread of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism - demand a comprehensive approach towards security;

2.      Stressing that the Alliance is based on values and solidarity and that all members share in the risks and costs of collective decisions;

3.      Noting that, as the Alliance is shifting its focus from regional to global security threats, it needs to build a robust consensus on the goals and means before engaging in future interventions;

4.      Stressing that Allied commitments - especially those that involve longer-term, robust engagements - require the support of member states’ publics and that the role of parliaments is crucial

5.      Recognising that future missions will have to include military and non-military components that will have to be implemented in a co-ordinated manner;

6.      Acknowledging that meeting present and future challenges  will require international and regional co-operation, including with civil actors;

7.      Regretting that NATO's co-operation with the EU and with the UN has only marginally improved;

8.     Acknowledging that NATO’s current and future missions cannot be open-ended and that success of NATO operations will ultimately be determined by local forces and institutions;

9.      URGES member governments and parliaments of the North Atlantic Alliance:

a.      to reconfirm the continuing importance of NATO as the key transatlantic forum for discussion and agreement on the priorities and means inherent to its members’ collective defence;

b.     to engage as soon as possible in discussions on a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance that will also serve as a framework for the definition of and agreement on, a comprehensive, sustainable long-term strategy for future operations;

c.     to support and promote NATO´s development of a new comprehensive approach towards security which puts increased emphasis on civil-military co-operation;

d.      to honour the commitments made to NATO, including the provision of sufficient investment budgets and the follow-up on force generation promises;

e.      to task NATO with the development of a strategy for a more structured dialogue and co‑ordination with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and create a forum for NGO dialogue at NATO Headquarters; 

f.      to improve co-ordination within and co-operation among member states and deepen collaboration with other actors, particularly the UN, the EU, and partner countries;

g.      to put additional emphasis on the development of NATO’s training capacities and security sector reform capabilities, while encouraging the EU to avoid duplication as it takes on new obligations in this area;

h.      to consider whether NATO should take on a co-ordinating role in homeland defence;

i.        to put greater emphasis on public diplomacy, individually and collectively, in order to inform the public better about NATO’s roles and capabilities;

10.    ENCOURAGES the United Nations:

a.      to sign the NATO-UN “Declaration” that was drafted in September 2005;

b.     to co-operate with NATO in security sector reform.