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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Operation in Libya Demonstrates Importance of NATO Relations with Allies


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the NATO-led operation in Libya demonstrates that NATO’s relations with partners and allies are becoming more valuable all the time.

Paet added that NATO’s new and more flexible Partnership Policy cannot be based on participation in operations alone, but must be comprehensive and consistent. “It is also important that the existing and well-functioning partnership relations, such as those with Sweden, Finland, Georgia, Ukraine, and other countries, are not negatively affected by the implementation of the new partnership policy,” he asserted.

According to Paet, Estonia sees NATO partnerships as not merely interest-based co-operation mechanisms, but also as opportunities to expand the alliance’s area of common values. “Co-operation between NATO and the European Union is especially important to Estonia. Some developments have taken place within this partnership in spite of tremendous challenges,” he added.

Paet said that there is great potential for NATO-EU co-operation in areas such as developing capabilities and working in operation areas. Another important area of co-operation is cyber defence.

“NATO and the EU should also come together to address strategic issues, such as those in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo, more than they have in the past,” he added.


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