NATO Parliamentary Assembly
| 7-8 DECEMBER 2006 - VISIT TO NORFOLK by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON TRANSATLANTIC ...|
I. INTRODUCTION 1. Thirteen members of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation led by Sven Mikser (EE) visited Norfolk, VA, United States, from 7-8 December 2006. The delegation held meetings at NATO's Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) on the first day and visited the United States Joint Warfare Center (US JWFC) on the second. At the end of the visit, members also performed a ship tour at the Norfolk US Naval Base.
| 23-27 OCTOBER 2006 - VISIT TO BEIJING AND NINGXIA HUI AUTONOMOUS REGION, PE ...|
I. Embassy of the European Union in Beijing 1. The EU has worked hard to bring China into the world trade system. That particular goal has been achieved, and the EU now seeks to ask more of China. China holds a shared stake in the international trading order and is no longer simply a beneficiary of that system. It therefore must assume its proper responsibilities within it. This new reality alone has been a key factor in sparking a change in EU-China relations.
| 4-6 OCTOBER - VISIT TO VIENNA AND KOSOVO by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON NATO PARTN ...|
1. Led by Sub-Committee Chairman Karl A. Lamers (DE), a 18-strong delegation of the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships visited Vienna, Austria and Pristina, Kosovo on 4-6 October 2006. Before going to Kosovo, UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari informed about the ongoing negotiations over the future of the UN-administered province. In Pristina, the participants met with senior representatives of the international community as well as with the Kosovo Preliminary Institutions of Self-Government (PISG). The visit also included a field trip to Mitrovica and meetings with representatives of the Kosovar-Albanian and Kosovo-Serbian communities there.
| 12-15 JUNE 2006 - VISIT TO NEW YORK AND MONTEREY, USA, BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE ...|
I.INTRODUCTION The implications of Iran's nuclear policy, the future of the global WMD non-proliferation regime, prospects for nuclear disarmament and the challenges of net-centricity were the major topics of discussion during the visit of the Science and Technology Committee Sub-Committee on the Proliferation of Military Technology delegation to New York and Monterey from 12-15 June 2006. The sixteen members of the NATO PA delegation, led by sub-committee Chairman, Jérôme Rivière (FR), and Committee Chairman, Michael Mates (UK), met with several key ambassadors to the UN, senior UN officials, academics and representatives of defence technology companies.
| 19-21 SEPTEMBER 2006 - VISIT TO RUSSIA BY THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMIT ...|
1.Twelve NATO legislators AND several members of the Russian State Duma met in Moscow on 19-21 September to discuss the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Iran's nuclear policy, anti-terrorism, the redirection of former weapons scientists, space programmes and space safety, future energy solutions and other important issues. The Science and Technology Committee (STC) delegation, led by Committee Chairman Michael Mates (UK) and General Rapporteur Pierre Claude Nolin (CA), also visited the Russian Cosmonauts Training Center "Zvezdny gorodok" ("Star City") and the Kourchatov Atomic Energy Institute. Mrs Lubov Sliska, First Deputy Chair of the State Duma and Head of the Duma delegation to the NATO PA, opened the first session at the State Duma. In her welcoming remarks she underlined the importance of exchanging views between Russia and NATO countries as the majority of existing international security challenges are relevant to all parties. She suggested that cooperation in the field of competence of the STC could be particularly fruitful since issues of non-proliferation of WMD-related material and technologies are of highest concern both to Russia and to the Alliance.
| 16-17 OCTOBER 2006 - VISIT TO BAKU, AZERBAIJAN BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON FUTU ...|
1. Eleven members of the Subcommittee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities visited Azerbaijan on 16-17 October. Led by Chairman Vahit Erdem, the delegation met with government officials, members of parliament, and military officers, as well as ambassadors from NATO countries and representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The purpose of the visit was to learn more about Azerbaijan's political and security sector reform process. As such, discussions focused on Azerbaijan's plans for integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, various aspects of the reform process, and ongoing security concerns and relations with its neighbours.
| 26 - 30 JUNE 2006 - VISIT TO ARKANSAS AND SAN FRANCISCO BY THE ECONOMICS AN ...|
| 19-23 JUNE 2006 - VISIT TO WASHINGTON D.C AND SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES ...|
1. Led by Chairman Egemen Bagis (TR), the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) visited Washington, DC and San Francisco from 19 to 23 June 2006. The 25 Parliamentarians discussed transatlantic relations, the transformation of the Alliance as well as NATO's ongoing operation in Afghanistan. In addition, proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the related crises with Iran and North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - DPRK) were high on the agenda during the weeklong visit.
| 12-16 JUNE 2006 - JOINT VISIT TO ARMENIA AND GEORGIA by the SUB-COMMITTEE O ...|
| 17-19 MAY 2006 - Visit to AFGHANISTAN by the DEFENCE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE ...|
| 27 & 28 APRIL 2006 - VISIT TO WARSAW, POLAND by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON EAST-W ...|
1. From 27 to 28 April 2006, members of the Sub-Committee on East West Economic Cooperation and Convergence travelled to Warsaw, Poland, to discuss a range of issues including Poland's relations with Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, Poland's views of the European Union and its role in the transatlantic alliance and energy security matters.
| 1 - 3 APRIL 2006 - VISIT OF THE POLITICAL COMMITTEE'S SUB-COMMITTEE ON NATO ...|
1.The Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships visited the Sultanate of Oman on 1-3 April 2006. The legislators, led by Karl A. Lamers (DE) and Pierre Lellouche (FR), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, discussed Oman's foreign and security perspectives and security in the Persian Gulf. Interlocutors included, among others, the Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, as well as the heads of the State Council (Majlis A'Dawla), Yahya bin Mahfooth Al- Monthery and of the Consultation Council (Majlis A'Shura), Abdullah bin Ali Al-Qatabi.
| 4 to 7 May 2006 - VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT & BUREAU OF THE NATO PARLIAMENTARY ...|
1. Democracy and prosperity represents the best long-term hope for the future of Georgia and the stability of the South Caucasus region. The development of effective democratic institutions in all their forms is essential for economic and social progress within Georgia but also for its aspirations for NATO membership and for the eventual resolution of the so-called "frozen conflicts" in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The NATO PA will continue to lend all possible support to Georgia in reaching its aspirations, including its wish to achieve in the near future Intensified Dialogue with NATO as the next stage on the route to membership of the Alliance.
| 10-13 APRIL 2006 - VISIT TO VIENNA AND GENEVA by the SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE P ...|
I.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. Members of the Science and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Proliferation of Military Technology visited Vienna, Austria and Geneva, Switzerland from 10-13 April 2006. The delegation of 24 legislators from member and associate countries, led by Subcommittee Chairman Jérôme Rivière (France) and Committee Chairman Michael Mates (UK), met with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The NATO PA delegation also met with several key ambassadors to the IAEA and the UN Conference on Disarmament. Members of the Subcommittee also visited the IAEA Analytical Laboratories at Seibersdorf.
| 28 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH 2006 VISIT TO THE HAGUE AND SARAJEVO [CIVIL DIMENSION ...|
| 23-27 JANUARY 2006 - VISIT TO WASHINGTON D.C. AND SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA [DE ...|
1. The Defence and Security Committee visited Washington DC and San Diego California on 23-27 January. In Washington the committee met with government officials, non-governmental experts and members of Congress. Led by Chairman Joel Hefley (United States) the 35 members of the Committee also travelled to San Diego where they visited several naval bases in the region and the Marine Corps Training Centre.