The NATO Partnership and Cooperative Security Committee+Armenia meeting was convened Friday in Brussels. The discussions held concerned the document on the Goals of Partnership of RA Planning and Review Process, communicated the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Armenia.

The outcome of the discussions was the decision to present the document on the Goals of Partnership of RA Planning and Review Process to Armenia and NATO members for approval, -informed the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Armenia.

The representatives of the RA Ministry of Defence highlighted that the Armenian delegation headed by First Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Davit Tonoyan presented the updates on the  progress of reforms in the defence and security sector as well as on the prospects of enhancement and development of the cooperation between NATO and Armenia in the defence sector.

 The representatives of the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization member-states praised the commitment of the Republic of Armenia to the development of its relations with NATO as well as Armenia’s contributions to peacekeeping operations and its progress in the area of the defence and security sector reform; they also expressed their willingness for the continued support of the Armenian initiatives in the above-mentioned respects. The members of the Alliance also expressed their condolences to the families of victims of the recent escalations of hostilities in Nagorny Karabakh and underscored the importance of the peaceful settlement of the conflict through the OSCE Minsk Co-Chairs.

 The cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and NATO develops within the framework of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) signed by the two parties in November 2005. The programme envisages holding regular consultations with NATO representatives on the issue of security in the region, consulting NATO on the guidelines for development of the National Security Strategy and the Military Doctrine as well as coordination of the enhancement of the defence planning and budgeting procedures and a number of other issues.  Armenia has also contributed  forces to the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

On April 2, 2016 both Armenia and Azerbaijan pointed to the aggravation of tension and the fresh flare up of hostilities in the Nagorny Karabakh conflict zone. In particular, the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan made a statement that there was heavy shelling on the part of the Armenian military forces; at the same time, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Armenia stated that there was “an offensive action” on the part of Azerbaijan. On April 5,2016 the parties to the conflict declared a ceasefire. 

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