Aurescu to attend conference on NATO New Strategic Concept

State secretary for strategic affairs Bogdan Aurescu is to attend on Wednesday and Thursday, in Oslo, the “NATO’s Partnerships and Beyond” seminar, as main speaker within the first panel dedicated to the future of the Alliance’s partnerships, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs.

Romania is one of the organizers of this seminar together with Germany, Spain and Norway. This seminar is the third in a series of four NATO “official conferences” aimed at the elaboration of the New Strategic Concept of the Alliance.
The seminar in Oslo represents a concrete way to promote Romania‘s special interest in the Alliance’s neighborhood still in the incipient stages of the drafting process of the NATO New Strategic Concept.

According to MAE, Romania is ready to come up with a solid conceptual contribution to the activity of the Group of Experts the Secretary general entrusted with the drafting of the first project of the New Strategic Concept, group coordinated by the former Secretary of State of the United States of America, Madeleine Albright.
From this prospect the event in Norway’s Capital represents an opportunity for the Romanian side to present in front of an informed audience an articulated and pragmatic vision on some updated elements on NATO’s agenda focused on the Alliance’s enlargement policy and NATO partnerships reform.

The seminar is co-organized by Romania, Germany, Spain and Norway and is dedicated to NATO’s contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security, to the enlargement process and to the Alliance’s partnerships, subjects of an outstanding importance for Romania. The fourth and last official seminar is planned to be organized at Washington, in February 2010.

In the framework of NSC outlining process Romania will plead in favor of an unequivocal reaffirmation of the collective defence and of Article 5 as NATO’s main responsibilities, for the updating and consolidation of the Alliance’s fundamental tasks contained by the current Strategic Concept adopted in 1999 (security, dissuasion, consultation, crisis management and partnerships) to which the reaction to the new challenge types is to be added, with accent on energy insecurity and missile technologies proliferation.

At the same time, Romania would like to see the final form of the New Strategic Concept also include some other important elements, as the consolidation of NATO interest and development of cooperation with partners in the immediate neighborhood of the Alliance and of Romania, from West Balkans and the extended Black Sea zone, including South Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as the consolidation of NATO partnerships network and continuation of the Alliance’s open door policy, which brought an important contribution to the consolidation of stability and security in Europe.

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