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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 24, 1999
                               NATO Summit:
                          NATO-Ukraine Commission
                                Fact Sheet

Today NATO held its first ever summit-level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission. NATO has placed special importance on strengthening its relationship with Ukraine. A stable and secure Ukraine is in the interest of the entire Euro-Atlantic community.

At NATO's Madrid Summit in 1997, the Alliance and Ukraine signed the Charter on Distinctive Partnership, establishing the NATO-Ukraine Commission. Their mutual goal was to strengthen ties that have led to cooperation across a range of political, military, civil emergency, scientific and environmental activities. Ukraine has made significant progress in building its relationship with NATO through the Joint Working Group on Defense Reform and the Partnership for Peace (PfP). Its troops are serving side-by-side with NATO's in Bosnia and have participated in several NATO-partner training exercises.

The following was accomplished at today's NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting:

During the summit, Ukraine provided the Deputy Commander for the PfP Simulation Network demonstration, a further demonstration of Ukraine's pro-active approach to its relationship with NATO.