Thursday, May 22, 2008

Conference on Ukraine-NATO Security and Defense Cooperation to be held in Brussels on May 21-22

A conference on discussing the results and prospects for Ukraine-NATO cooperation in the sphere of security and defense will be held as part of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Defense Reform at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on May 21-22, 2008. The press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry told that the Ukrainian delegation headed by First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Stepan Havrysh had left for Belgium to participate in the conference.

On May 21, participants in the conference will focus on the issue of reforming Ukraine's security and defense sector within an Intensified Dialogue, the country's progress in fulfilling strategic tasks, further steps of Ukraine-NATO cooperation as part of the Joint Working Group on Defense Reform, as well as achievements and prospects as part of the project on training civil personnel of Ukraine's security and defense sector.

On May 22, the conference will focus on the issues of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's structure and tasks, future steps in reforming Ukraine's defense sector, and stimulating the activities of the NATO-Ukraine Partnership Network for Civil Society Expertise Development.

Moreover, the participants in the meeting will consider preparations for the next meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Defense Reform at the high level and the Ukraine-NATP Commission at the level of defense ministers.