Ministry of Defence

NATO's Strategic Concept

Read more...Active engagement, modern defense

New strategic concept, in its preface once more reaffirms the commitment of member countries of the Alliance on the unity among nations to defend each other against new security and peace threats. It clearly states the commitment of the Alliance in crisis prevention, conflict management and close cooperation with international partners, UN and EU. It opens a new page of cooperation with partners, offering an essential role in the shaping of NATO operations. It reaffirms the desire for a world without nuclear weapons but as long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance. It further reiterates strong commitment to keeping NATO's door open to all European democracies that meet membership standards.
While the world is changing, new concept stresses that NATO's core mission will remain the same. The Alliance guarantees that it will remain an unparalleled community of freedom, peace, security and common values.
Basic tasks and principles of NATO do not change. Its long-term goal remains the protection of liberty and security of all its members by political and military means. Alliance is firmly committed to the goals and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and Washington Treaty, which states the primary responsibility of the Security Council for maintaining international peace and security.

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History of NATO-Albania relations

Read more...June 1992, Albania applies and is officially accepted by the Council of the North Atlantic Cooperation (NACC).
December 1992, marked the first official visit by the President of Albania, Mr. Sali Berisha, at the NATO headquarters to meet with Secretary General of the Alliance, Mr. Manfred Werner.
19 March 1993, for the first time, NATO Secretary General, Manfred Werner visits Albania.
May 1993, Albania was accepted member of the North Atlantic Assembly.
January 1994, NATO issued the invitation document of the Partnership for Peace, defining it as a direct program and a practical mechanism to transform relations between NATO and non member countries (not members), mainly of the ‘Eastern Bloc’, which were not included under the “security umbrella” of NATO’s Article 5.
23 February 1994, The President PhD Sali Berisha signed the PfP Framework Document officially rendering Albania member of this initiative (PfP).
20 April 1994, the Albanian Parliament ratified the basic document of PfP.
03 June 1994, the North Atlantic Association was founded in Albania, which was attended by about 80 intellectuals from various fields.
22 September 1994, Albania submitted to NATO the Albania presentation document in PfP, where Albania declared capabilities and framework of cooperation as a partner country.

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EVENTS & ANALYSIS

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