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NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION

ARMENIA'S PARTNERSHIP RELATIONS WITH THE

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION

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 program.

Currently Armenia is implementing its fifth Individual Partnership Action Plan for 2017 - 2019.

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 Gagik Hovhannisyan 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.

Since 2002 Armenia is participating in the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP).

In 2004 Armenian peacekeeping forces joined the NATO-led peace operation in Kosovo and in 2010 have started to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission in Afghanistan which was completed in December 2014. In January 2015 Armenia started to contribute to the new Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

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; “Georgia 2012” in Georgia; “Ukraine 2015” in Ukraine, “Crna Gora 2016” in Montenegro and “Bosnia & Herзegovina 2017” in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

December 13-18, 2018 - in the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 11th “NATO week” events took place in Yerevan, during which the traditional TV bridge with the Armenian peacekeepers in Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has been established.

March 11-15, 2019 - in the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 12th “NATO week” events took place in Yerevan. Public events – conferences, round tables and panel discussions with active participation of governmental bodies, civil societies, academia, NATO international staff and media took place in the National Assembly of Armenia, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, French and Vanadzor universities.

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. It plays a key role in public events during the “NATO weeks”.

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 Nalbandian 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 visited 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 Nalbandian 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 Nalbandian and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan participate to North Atlantic Council – Armenia meeting in Brussels. The Armenian delegation meets with the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In May 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.

2015

Armenian peacekeeping units continue to contributing to the NATO-led new “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan.

June 18-20, by the invitation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s 89th Rose-Roth Seminar, entitled „Security and Stability in the South Caucasus: Fostering Enduring Peace in the Region” took place in Yerevan.

In December, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian participates in the Resolute Support Mission Ministerial Meeting in Brussels dedicated to the maintaining of security in Afghanistan and delivers a speech.

2016

In March, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan participate in North Atlantic Council – Armenia meeting in Brussels. The Armenian delegation meets with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

President Serzh Sargsyan attends the Meeting of Heads of State and Government of NATO Member and Partner States contributing to Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan in the framework of NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 9. President Sargsyan delivers a speech.

November 14-18, in the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 10th “NATO week” events took place in Yerevan.

In November, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Dr. Jamie Shea visited Armenia.

In December, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian participates in the Foreign Ministerial Meeting on Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan in Brussels and delivers a speech.

December 8, in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meets with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

2017

February 27, President Serzh Sargsyan visits NATO headquarters and meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

In April, NATO and Armenia agree on fifth Armenia-NATO IPAP for 2017-2019.

In June, James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, visits Armenia. Mr. Appathurai meets with President Serzh Sargsyan, President of the National Assembly Ara Babloyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan and Minister of Emergency Situations Davit Tonoyan.

July 14, the Head of the Armenian Mission to NATO, Ambassador Armen Yedigarian signs the Agreement on the promotion of cooperation between Armenia and NATO’s Support and Procurement Organization (NSPO), which would afterwards serve as the basis for the launch of the Armenia-NATO Trust Fund.

June 29, Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan participates in Defense Ministerial Meeting on "Resolute Support" mission in Afghanistan, in the framework of which he has a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller.

November 8-9, another Defense Ministerial Meeting of "Resolute Support" mission participating countries takes place in Brussels, which is attended by the First Deputy Defense Minister Artak Zakaryan.

December 13-18, in the frameworks of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 11th “NATO week” events took place in Yerevan.

December 6, National Assembly ratified the Agreement on the promotion of cooperation between Armenia and NSPO.

December 13-18, in the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 11th “NATO week” events took place in Yerevan.

December 16, President Serzh Sargsyan signs the Law on Agreement on the promotion of cooperation between Armenia and NSPO.

2018

March 14-16, NATO Assessment Delegation visits Armenia to assess Armenia-NATO IPAP and PARP (Planning and Review Process) 2017 implementation reports.

May 24, the NATO/EAPC Partnership and Collective Security Committee+Armenia meeting takes place at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, during which Armenia-NATO IPAP implementation report of 2017 is discussed.

July 11-12, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participates at the summit of countries participating in “Resolute Support” mission to Afghanistan took place within the framework of the NATO summit in Brussels and delivered a statement.

December 4-5, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Brussels participates at the ministerial on “Resolute Support” mission to Afghanistan and meets with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

2019


March 11-15, in the framework of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan, the 12th “NATO week” events take place in Armenia.

March 11-12, James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, visits Armenia. Mr. Appathurai meets with President Armen Sarkissian, Vice President of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan. He delivered a lecture during the conference at the French University in Armenia takes place in the framework of the NATO week.

March 14-15, Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for WPS, visits Armenia. She meets Vice President of the National Assembly Lena Nazaryan, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan. She delivers an address during the Panel Discussion titled: Women, Peace and Security: International and Armenian Practice.

 

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