Brussels, 18 July 2014
“My thoughts today are with the relatives of the victims of the tragic crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Today, we mourn their loss and honour the memory of their loved ones."
Germany, 27 June 2014 - Government officials in Germany consider the conflict in and around Ukraine to be the biggest security challenge of the post-Cold War era. NATO needs to forge a comprehensive response to Russia’s practice of “hybrid warfare” tactics in Ukraine, a delegation of NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) members was told in Berlin.
Pristina, 26 June 2014 - Kosovo authorities will press ahead with the decision to transform the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a 5,000-strong Kosovo Armed Forces (KAF), NATO Parliamentarians learned during their visit to Pristina on 24-26 June. Kosovar officials insisted, however, that the new force will be of a purely defensive nature and developed in consultation with NATO over a 10-year period. The decision to establish the force reflects Pristina’s desire to be a regional and global security contributor, which will help Kosovo pave a path toward eventual membership in the European Union and NATO.
Belgrade / Pristina 26 June 2014 - Encouraging progress in Kosovo signalled to a NATO parliamentarian delegation that both Belgrade and Pristina remain firmly committed to normalizing their relations according to the framework of the April 2013 Brussels Agreement. Normalisation is a key condition for each side in their stated goal of eventual European integration. Violence in the divided Northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica on the night of the delegation’s arrival in Belgrade served as a clear reminder, however, that significant challenges remain on this path.
Tokyo, 19 June 2014 - Europe should introduce stricter measures to enforce the EU arms embargo on China and restrict dual-use exports at a moment of strategic uncertainty in the East and South China Seas, according to Japan’s Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi.
Speaking to a delegation of parliamentarians from NATO member countries visiting Japan, Vice-Minister Kishi described the strategic challenges Japan is confronting. Foremost in the minds of the Japanese leadership is China’s growing military capabilities and its revisionism on maritime boundaries in the East and South China Seas.