Statement by the Franco-German defence and security council
(Paris, 12 October 2006)
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The Franco-German Defence and Security Council met at the Elysée Palace. France and Germany conferred on the international situation and main issues relating to European defence and NATO. The progress made in bilateral military cooperation was also discussed.
1. Lebanon (...)
2. Congo (...)
3. France and Germany express their concern at the worsening security situation in ==Afghanistan== and reiterate that only a global response by the international community to the difficulties that country is experiencing will enable it to escape the spiral of violence. The London Conference laid the foundations of this global response, with the support of the Afghan government and under United Nations’ auspices. Its decisions must be effectively implemented. Our two countries have shouldered their responsibilities in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), France in the Kabul region and Germany in the North.
4. Darfur (...)
5. France and Germany, members of the Contact Group and deployed in the NATO force in ==Kosovo== (KFOR), are supporting the efforts undertaken under Mr Ahtisaari’s auspices to achieve a swift solution to the status question. They call on Belgrade and PriÜtina to show greater flexibility and realism. Our two countries are giving their full support to the United Nations Secretary-General’s special envoy and the German commander of KFOR. Whatever Kosovo’s future status, the international community will have to remain involved in the civilian and military spheres. With this in view, our two countries are supporting the planning of a future ESDP police and justice mission whose success is a shared priority. Our two countries stress that smooth cooperation with the different players involved on the ground (United Nations, European Union, NATO and OSCE) will be crucial for the mission’s success.
6. ESDP (...)
7. France and Germany intend to go on working closely together in the run-up to the NATO summit in ==Riga==. Our two countries are keen for the summit to be a success, displaying the Allies’ unity on the Alliance’s role, missions and ongoing operations. Recognition of the success of the Alliance’s rapid response force (NRF) will be a milestone. The heads of State and government will be able to launch new initiatives to improve our forces’ interoperability.
8. Bilateral military cooperation (...)./.