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RESOLUTION 341 on NATO TRANSFORMATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE ALLIANCE

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presented by the Political Committee

The Assembly,

1.     Emphasizingthe crucial role the Alliance plays for the collective defence of member countries and the security of the Euro-Atlantic region as a whole;

2.     Acknowledging and welcoming the pragmatic adaptations after the end of the Cold War which have made NATO an important security provider both in and out of its traditional area;

3.     Recalling that national caveats should be considered as exceptional measures, and that they should be justified and unambiguously known by allies and by national parliaments;

4.     Deploringthat national caveats on the use of allied forces may impede the effectiveness of joint NATO-led operations, particularly in Afghanistan, and noting that it is important to reach fundamental agreement on issues like the rules of engagement and detention policy;

5.     Noting that the funding of joint operations along the "costs lie where they fall" principle is no longer appropriate and discourages participation in NATO operations, particularly those by the NATO Response Force (NRF);

6.     Criticising the fact that some Allies have not matched political commitments with the necessary resources and stressing that all NATO member countries have a stake in a stable and secure Afghanistan;

7.     Affirming that NATO in particular can generate, deploy, command and sustain large, multinational military operations but underlining that the Alliance depends on close and effective co-operation with other international organisations to perform the non-military functions essential to the success of post-conflict operations, including nation-building;

8.     Stressing the importance of NATO's co-operation with the European Union, but lamenting that further progress in institutional co-operation is on hold because of unresolved issues arising from the recent enlargement of the European Union;

9.     Recognizing that failing states, internationally active terrorist groups and  the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are the key threats to the security of NATO member and partner countries;

10.   Acknowledging that there are more crises in the world than the Allies have the political will or resources to manage, and that NATO, therefore, needs to agree on priorities and on the means to tackle crises;

11.   Stressing that NATO’s potential as a forum for political and strategic dialogue and consensus building among the Allies should be used more systematically and effectively;

12.   Praising the initiative by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to advance NATO's political transformation to complement its ongoing military adaptation;

13.   URGES governments and parliaments of member and partner countries of the North Atlantic Alliance:

a.     to further improve military capabilities in order to make NATO’s military forces more mobile, more effective, more interoperable and more sustainable, and to stimulate debate among national governments and parliaments on a more political role for NATO;

b.     to review urgently declared and undeclared caveats in order to minimise their use in joint operations;

c.     to urgently extend the review of pros and cons of various funding modalities for joint operations to achieve a more equitable and fair distribution of burden among the Allies;

d.     to match actual contributions to NATO operations with the political commitments made;

e.     to build and expand the role of the Alliance in humanitarian and natural disaster relief with a view to improving co-ordination of member and partner countries' activities in these areas;

f.      to improve the co-ordination among Allies and with international organisations like the European Union, the United Nations and the African Union in the fight against terrorism, conflict prevention and post-conflict stabilisation;

g.     to use NATO as a platform and as a facilitator to make multilateral non-proliferation regimes more effective;

h.     to engage in a dialogue on NATO's role in promoting effective conflict prevention, including through training and capacity building, especially in the case of failing states, in close partnership with the European Union, the United Nations, and other regional organisations, in particular the African Union;

i.       to improve the planning and co-ordination of national contributions to the NRF, EU Headline Goal, and Battle Groups, among others, in order to avoid duplications and lack of clarity.

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