31 May 2005 - DECLARATION on DARFUR adopted by THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY*
1. The members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly are deeply concerned about the security situation in Sudan's western region of Darfur, which the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
2. The Assembly applauds the African Union's efforts to help end the conflict in Darfur and strongly supports the international community's efforts to achieve peace there.
3. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly therefore unanimously supports the decision, on 24 May, by the North Atlantic Council on initial military options for possible Alliance support to the African Union's mission AMIS II in the Darfur region of Sudan.
4. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly welcomes the substantial financial assistance provided to the African Union mission AMIS II by the European Union.
5. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly encourages the European Union and NATO to work together in a spirit of cooperation and complementarity to provide the requisite logistical and financial support in areas such as strategic airlift; training in command and control, in operations planning, in the use of intelligence and in police.
6. The Assembly welcomes in that context the joint announcement by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General, and Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, at the United Nations-African Union donor's conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that both the Alliance and the European Union are ready, together with other partners, to help the expansion of the African Union's presence in Darfur and calls for its speedy implementation.