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Estonian Representation in Minsk to Be NATO Contact Point Embassy in Belarus


No 415-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the Estonian Embassy in Minsk will be the NATO Contact Point Embassy (CPE) in Belarus as of 1 January 2013. The mandate for a Contact Point Embassy lasts two years.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, acting as a CPE supports Estonia's image as a trustworthy ally and expands communication channels in NATO as well as in the contact country. “The primary task of the Contact Point Embassy is to introduce the goals and activities of NATO, as well as to create and strengthen contacts in the country of residence,” Paet stated. He added that another goal of a CPE is to pass on information and give an overview to NATO of security policy developments in the country of residence. The CPE also plays an essential role in high-level NATO visits.

The Contact Point Embassy system was created in 1992 to support the work of the North Atlantic Co-operation Council and is one of the channels through which NATO's policies are introduced in the alliance's parter countries.

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