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Armenia-NATO partnership relations date back to 1992 when Armenia joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, later renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (Armenia is a member of EAPC since 1997). Armenia's cooperation with NATO has gradually broadened since Armenia joined the Partnership for Peace in 1994.

Starting from 2006 the political dialogue and partnership cooperation in various fields have been developing between Armenia and NATO in the framework of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (Armenia presented its first IPAP to NATO in June 2005 and started the first cycle of implementation as of January 2006). Partnership tools such as the PfP Planning and Review Process (Armenia joined PfP PARP in 2002) and Individual Partnership Action plan are aimed at supporting Armenia in the security and defense sector reforms and enhancing the military interoperability and capabilities of its peacekeeping forces for participation in multinational peace operations under the UN mandate. The implementation of IPAP is also aimed at enhancing and strengthening democratic control and civilian oversight of its armed forces, improving and strengthening Armenia’s disaster relief and crisis management as well as emergency preparedness; and raising public awareness on its partnership cooperation with NATO. Armenia and NATO also cooperate in the framework of the Science for peace and Security programme.

Currently Armenia is implementing its fourth Individual Partnership Action Plan for 2014 - 2016 approved in May 23, 2014.

Since 2004 Armenian peacekeeping units participate in peace operations and currently Armenia continues to contribute peacekeeping troops to KFOR Mission in Kosovo and to Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan as of January 2015 (Armenia contributed troops to ISAF Mission in Afghanistan from 2010 until the end of the ISAF Mission in December 2014). Armenia's engagement in peace operations enabled her to become from security consumer into security contributor.

In 2004 Armenia established a diplomatic mission to NATO Headquarters and in present Ambassador Armen Yedigarian is the Head of the Armenian Mission to NATO.

Defense and security sphere

Armenia’s partnership cooperation with NATO is aimed at facilitating the ongoing reforms in defense and security sectors in the framework of IPAP as well as to strengthen the interoperability capabilities with Armenia’s partners. One of the key objectives of Armenia-NATO cooperation in these sectors is to strengthen and enhance democratic control and civilian oversight of the Armed Forces of Armenia.

Civil emergency planning and Emergency preparedness

Armenia cooperates with NATO in the areas of crisis management and civil protection to enhance Armenia’s emergency preparedness and disaster relief capabilities to effectively deal with natural disasters and various (asymmetric) threats. To this end through close collaboration with NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) Armenia intends to further develop and strengthen its own crisis management and civil protection capabilities.

On September 11-16, 2010 in cooperation with NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, Armenia hosted the EADRCC's “Armenia 2010” civil emergency exercise near Yerevan, which is one of the NATO’s biggest events in the disaster response area.

Armenian rescue teams are actively engaged in the activities of EADRCC and have contributed in the civil emergency exercises and events organized by EADRCC, including emergency exercises “Kodri 2011” in Moldova and “Georgia 2012” in Georgia.

Armenia and NATO also cooperate in the framework of NATO’s Science for Peace and Security programme, particularly in environmental area.

Public diplomacy

Armenia regularly raises public awareness on Armenia-NATO partnership relations through the public diplomacy events. The annual "NATO Week" events are serving for this purpose.

The NATO Information Centre in Yerevan, officially launched on March 12, 2007 with the support of the Armenian government and NATO, plays an important role in raising public awareness on Armenia-NATO partnership cooperation as well.

Key milestones

1992 Armenia joins the newly created North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC), renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in 1997.
1994 Armenia joins the Partnership for Peace (PfP).
1997 Armenia joins the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).
1999 President of Armenia Mr. Robert Kocharyan participates in the NATO’s 50th anniversary Summit in Washington.
2001 NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson visits Armenia.
2002 Armenia becomes an Associate Member of NATO Parliamentary Assembly,
Armenia joins the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP).
Armenia joins the NATO Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism.
2003 Armenia hosts the PfP exercise “Cooperative Best Effort 2003” in June.
2004 Armenian Peacekeeping forces join KFOR Mission.
NATO establishes a position of NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Armenia establishes a Diplomatic Mission to the NATO Headquarters.
2005 In June, Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian presents Armenia’s first Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) to the North Atlantic Council.
President of Armenia Mr. Robert Kocharyan visits NATO Headquarters.
NATO and Armenia agree on Armenia-NATO IPAP document in December.
2006 On January 1st Armenia starts the implementation of the Armenia-NATO IPAP.
2007 Armenia organizes the first “NATO week” event which since became an annual event.
A NATO Information centre officially opens in Yerevan.
2008 President-elect, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan participates in NATO Summit in Bucharest on 4 April.
Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan participate to the Armenia-North Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels.
Armenia hosts the PfP Exercise Cooperative Longbow/Lancer.
President of Armenia Mr. Serzh Sargsyan visits NATO Headquarters and meets with NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer.
2009 NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Claudio Bizoniero visits Armenia.
NATO officially recognizes Armenia as the 43rd troop contributing country to ISAF in Afghanistan.
2010 Armenia starts contributing troops to ISAF in Afghanistan in February.
President Serzh Sargsyan visits NATO Headquarters and meets with NATO Secretary General.
Armenia hosts the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre’s “Armenia 2010” civil emergency exercise near Yerevan in September.
Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan attend the NATO’s Lisbon Summit Meeting in ISAF format.
NATO appoints James Appathurai as NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
2011 NATO and Armenia agree Armenia-NATO third IPAP Document.
2012 President Serzh Sargsyan visits the NATO Headquarters to participate in the North Atlantic Council - Armenia meeting in March. President Sargsyan meets NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian attends NATO’s Chicago Summit Meeting in ISAF format in May.
Armenia redeploys its peacekeeping contingent in KFOR Mission in Kosovo in July.
In September NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits Armenia and meets with President Serzh Sargsyan and makes a speech at the Yerevan State University.
2013 In April NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic visits Armenia to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the President of Armenia.
2014 The delegation of the Subcommittee on NATO Partnership of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Political Committee visits Armenia in March.
In May, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan participate to North Atlantic Council – Armenia meeting in Brussels. The Armenian delegation meets with the NATO Secretary General.
On May 23rd NATO and Armenia agree on fourth Armenia-NATO IPAP for 2014 to 2016.
President Serzh Sargsyan attends the Meeting of Heads of State and Government of NATO Member and Partner States contributing to ISAF mission in Afghanistan in the framework of NATO Summit in Newport on September 4th. President Sargsyan delivers a speech.
Armenia organizes eighth annual “NATO week” events in November.
On December 2nd Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan participates to meeting of Foreign Ministers in Resolute Support format in Brussels.
2015 Armenian peacekeeping units continue to contributing to the NATO-led new “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Armenia on 14-16 January.

 

INDIVIDUAL PARTNERSHIP ACTION PLAN 2011-2013

 

Updated 05.02.2015

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