Wien, 4. February 2010 Press release

Conference on the 15th anniversary of Austrias participation in the Partnership for Peace

Kyrle and Entacher open seminar on Euro-Atlantic security

Vienna, 4 February 2010 – Today, the Chief of Staff of the Austrian Armed Forces Edmund Entacher and Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Johannes Kyrle opened the seminar titled "The Indivisibility of Euro-Atlantic Security" at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, organized by the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry together with the NATO Defence College. The high-ranking event is taking place as part of the series "Partnership for Peace International Research Seminars". The main areas of this cooperation include security and peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, as well as search and rescue operations.

During the opening celebrations, Secretary-General Kyrle stressed that Austria can look back at 15 years of successful cooperation within the Partnership for Peace. To this day, more than 15,000 Austrian soldiers have taken part in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Afghanistan as part of the Partnership.

"The seminar represents a valuable contribution to the discussions on the new strategic concept of NATO and on the „Corfu Process“ of the OSCE, and also underlines Vienna’s role as a centre for the European security dialogue", said Kyrle. Apart from aspects of the Euro-Atlantic security, the two-day seminar will also focus on possibilities of cooperation between NATO, OSCE, and the EU, as well as arms control, the human dimension of security, and energy security.

 

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