Declaration on Alliance Security
Declaration on Alliance Security
Issued by the Heads of State and
Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in
Strasbourg / Kehl on 4 April 2009.
Source : NATO Press release
We, the Heads of State and Government of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, met today in Strasbourg and Kehl to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of our Alliance. We have reaffirmed the values, objectives and
obligations of the Washington Treaty which unite Europe with the United States
and Canada, and have provided our transatlantic community with an unprecedented
era of peace and stability. We have also reaffirmed our adherence to the
purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
NATO continues to be the essential transatlantic forum for
security consultations among Allies. Article 5 of the Washington Treaty and
collective defence, based on the indivisibility of Allied security, are, and
will remain, the cornerstone of our Alliance. Deterrence, based on an
appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element
of our overall strategy. NATO will continue to play its part in reinforcing arms
control and promoting nuclear and conventional disarmament in accordance with
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as well as non-proliferation efforts.
NATO’s enlargement has been an historic success in bringing
us closer to our vision of a Europe whole and free. NATO’s door will remain open
to all European democracies which share the values of our Alliance, which are
willing and able to assume the responsibilities and obligations of membership,
and whose inclusion can contribute to common security and stability.
Today, our nations and the world are facing new, increasingly
global threats, such as terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, their means of delivery and cyber attacks. Other challenges such as
energy security, climate change, as well as instability emanating from fragile
and failed states, may also have a negative impact on Allied and international
security. Our security is increasingly tied to that of other regions.
We will improve our ability to meet the security challenges
we face that impact directly on Alliance territory, emerge at strategic distance
or closer to home. Allies must share risks and responsibilities equitably. We
must make our capabilities more flexible and deployable so we can respond
quickly and effectively, wherever needed, as new crises emerge. We must also
reform the NATO structures to create a leaner and more cost-effective
organization. We will strengthen NATO’s capacity to play an important role in
crisis management and conflict resolution where our interests are involved.
We aim to strengthen our cooperation with other international
actors, including the United Nations, European Union, Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe and African Union, in order to improve our ability to
deliver a comprehensive approach to meeting these new challenges, combining
civilian and military capabilities more effectively. In our operations today in
Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, our armed forces are working alongside many
other nations and organisations. In Afghanistan, our key priority, we are
committed to helping the Afghan Government and its people to build a democratic,
secure and stable country that will never again harbour terrorists who threaten
Afghan and international security.
NATO recognizes the importance of a stronger and more capable
European defence and welcomes the European Union’s efforts to strengthen its
capabilities and its capacity to address common security challenges. Non-EU
Allies make a significant contribution to these efforts in which their fullest
involvement possible is important, as agreed. We are determined to ensure that
the NATO-EU relationship is a truly functioning strategic partnership as agreed
by NATO and by the EU. Our efforts should be mutually reinforcing and
We will develop our relationships with all our partners, both
in our neighbourhood and beyond, with whom we have a joint commitment to
cooperative security. Our partners are key in enabling us to implement our
vision of a community of shared values and responsibilities. We value the
support that many of our partners bring to our operations and missions.
A strong, cooperative partnership between NATO and Russia, based on respect for
all the principles of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act and the 2002 Rome
Declaration, best serves security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We stand ready to
work with Russia to address the common challenges we face.
We are committed to renovating our Alliance to better address
today’s threats and to anticipate tomorrow’s risks. United by this common vision
of our future, we task the Secretary General to convene and lead a broad-based
group of qualified experts, who in close consultation with all Allies will lay
the ground for the Secretary General to develop a new Strategic Concept and
submit proposals for its implementation for approval at our next summit. The
Secretary General will keep the Council in permanent session involved throughout
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