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26 February 1998


(7th meeting of Council at ambassadorial level 2/25) (250)

Brussels -- The seventh meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint
Council at the ambassadorial level took place at NATO headquarters
February 25.

The ambassadors discussed the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina,
NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR, Russia's individual Partnership
program, and international terrorism. The Council will meet again
March 25.

Following is the text of the NATO-Russia Statement on the meeting:

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NATO Press Release 

25 Feb. 1998

NATO-Russia Statement 

on the 25 February 1998 Permanent Joint Council Meeting

at Ambassadorial Level

The seventh meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC)
at Ambassadorial level took place on Wednesday, 25 February, at NATO

Ambassadors exchanged views on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
and discussed NATO-Russia cooperation in SFOR with a view to its
continuation in the framework of the multinational force in Bosnia and
Herzegovina following the end of SFOR's current mandate in June.

NATO and Russia reviewed the progress on updating Russia's Individual
Partnership Programme, were briefed about the meeting of military
representatives under the auspices of the PJC on 19 February, and
endorsed the work plan of the military representatives and Chiefs of
Staff under the auspices of the PJC for 1998.

The representatives of NATO and Russia also exchanged views on
combatting international terrorism and agreed to continue exploring
this subject.

The next meeting of the Permanent Joint Council is scheduled for 25
March 1998.

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