Key milestones of Azerbaijan-NATO Cooperation

1992

31 March

Azerbaijan joins the newly created North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC).

1994

10-11 January

NATO Summit in Brussels endorses Partnership for Peace (PfP), a programme aimed at increasing security and defence cooperation between NATO and individual partner countries. All partner countries involved in NACC, as well as CSCE participating states are invited to this programme.

4 May

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Heydar Aliyev signs the PfP Framework Document. 

1995

31 October

Azerbaijan and NATO sign the Security Agreement for the protection of sensitive or/and privileged information.  

1996

19 April

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Heydar Aliyev approves Azerbaijan’s PfP Presentation Document. 

23 April

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Heydar Aliyev presents Azerbaijan’s PfP Presentation Document to NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr. Javier Solana during his visit to NATO HQ.

14 October

North Atlantic Council (NAC) approves Azerbaijan’s first Individual Partnership Programme (IPP).

1997

13 February

NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr. Javier Solana visits Azerbaijan. He is received by the President, gives a briefing for the Parliament and holds meetings with several government officials.

30 May

NACC is transformed into Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

14 November

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Heydar Aliyev signs a decree on measures to strengthen the cooperation with NATO. Under the decree a special Commission on Cooperation with NATO, composed of various Ministries is set up.          

21 November

The President of Azerbaijan signs a decree to establish a diplomatic Mission of Azerbaijan to NATO.       

November

Azerbaijan joins PARP aimed at involving Azerbaijan more closely to NATO’s defence planning for operations, among the first partner countries.

1998

12 May

Azerbaijan’s participation in the PfP and regional security issues are discussed at NATO Political Committee meeting in “19+1” format, including three states being invited for NATO membership.

30 September-1 October

NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr. Javier Solana visits Azerbaijan. He holds meetings with the President, Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister and other government officials and visits “Chirag-1” Oil Platform, Baku Senior Military School and the Peacekeeping Unit of Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

15 November

Azerbaijan signs NATO’s PfP SOFA and its Additional Protocol. The Agreement enters into force on 20.11.1999.

1999

1 September

Azerbaijan sends a unit to support the NATO-led peacekeeping operation in Kosovo.

September

EAPC ad hoc working group on prospects for regional cooperation in the Caucasus is established.

2000

27-28 April

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Admiral G. Venturoni visits Azerbaijan. Future perspectives of Azerbaijan-NATO military cooperation are discussed with Azerbaijani authorities during his visit.

2001

16-17 January

NATO Secretary-General H.E. Lord George Robertson visits Azerbaijan. He holds meetings with the President, Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence and other government officials. He is awarded the Honorary Doctorate byBaku State University.

2002

17-18 January

President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) H.E. Mr. Rafael Estrella pays a visit toAzerbaijan in response to an invitation from the Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan. During the visit the NATO PA President meets senior figures in both government and the Parliament.

15 November

Azerbaijan sends a unit to support the ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

15-19 November

NATO PA adopts a decision on granting Azerbaijan an associate member status.

2003

2 April

NAMSA Memorandum of Understanding implementing the agreement for the PfP Trust Fund Project is signed between NATO and Azerbaijan.

23 April

Saloglu Trust Fund is presented at NATO HQ and approved by NATO Nations. NAMSA and ANAMA are identified as executive agents of the project.

15 May

NATO Secretary-General H.E. Lord George Robertson pays his next visit to Azerbaijan. He participates in the opening of Virtual Silk Highway Project and meeting of the Commission on Cooperation with NATO and gives a briefing for the Parliament. During the visit Azerbaijanformally submits him a letter on its intention to join the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP).

2004

March

Azerbaijan joins NATO Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) and declares one infantry company in the Pool of Forces within the OCC Evaluation and Feedback programme.

19 May

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev visits NATO HQ, presents Azerbaijan’s first IPAP Presentation Document to NATO Secretary General H.E. Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and addresses the NAC.

28 June

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev participates in the NATO Istanbul Summit. At theSummit Allied leaders place special focus on the Caucasus – a special NATO representative and a liaison officer are assigned to the region.

6 July

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ.Azerbaijan’s accession to IPAP and other issues of practical cooperation are discussed during the visit.

15 September

The NATO Secretary General appoints his first Special Representative for the Caucasus andCentral Asia.

17 September

On the basis of the goals related to security sector reform enshrined in the IPAP Presentation Document, a Working Group on National Security Policy of Azerbaijan is set up by the Presidential decree.

4-5 November

NATO Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visits Azerbaijan. He holds meetings with the President and Foreign Minister and participates in the meeting of the Commission on Cooperation with NATO.

2005

6-9 February

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Robert Simmons pays a visit to Baku. He is received by the President and holds meetings in several Ministries. 

14 February

Financial Management Agreement of the PfP Trust Fund for Azerbaijan is signed between NATO and Azerbaijan.

27 May

NAC approves Azerbaijan’s first IPAP.

3 August

The President of Azerbaijan signs a decree on implementation of the IPAP.

17-20 November

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Simmons pays his next visit to Baku. He is received by the President, participates in the opening of Saloglu Trust Fund and the meeting of the Commission on Cooperation with NATO at the level of deputy ministers, holds meetings in the Ministries of Defence and National Security and State Border Service, gives a briefing for the students of Baku State University. 

2006

February

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP implementation in Baku. 

15 March

The experts elaborate the Assessment Report on Azerbaijan’s IPAP implementation. The report notes progress in Azerbaijan’s IPAP implementation.

9-12  April

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Simmons pays his next visit to Baku. He is received by the President, holds meetings in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Defence and National Security and the Parliament and participates in the meeting of the Commission on Cooperation with NATO at the level of deputy ministers.

April

A NATO PfP Trust Fund project is launched to clear unexploded ordnance from a former military base at Saloglu, Agstafa district.

July

With the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, a mobile mélange treatment plant starts to operate in Azerbaijan to convert this highly toxic substance into fertilizer.

8-10 October

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Simmons pays his next visit to Baku.

8 November

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev meets with the NATO Secretary General and addresses the NAC.

28-29 November

NATO member-states support the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty ofAzerbaijan under the Declaration issued at the meeting of the NAC in Riga.

2007

11-16 February

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP implementation in Baku. 

14-17 March

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Simmons visits Baku.

2 May

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ.

27-28 September

NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. Simmons visits Baku.

19 October

Azerbaijan doubles its military contingent in Afghanistan.

2008

4 March

Azerbaijan contingent completes its mission in KFOR.

5 March

President of the NATO PA H.E. Mr. José Lello pays a one-day visit to Azerbaijan and meets the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence.

7 March

Azerbaijan and NATO agree the second IPAP document.

2-4 April

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev joins the NATO/EAPC and ISAF format Summits in Bucharest. NATO member-states support the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Azerbaijan under the Bucharest Summit Declaration.

21-25 April

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

25 June

The Mélange Project is concluded.

17 September

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ.

2 October

Azerbaijan redoubles its military contingent in Afghanistan.

2 December

Foreign Ministers of NATO member-states reiterate their support to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and a peaceful conflict resolution founded on these principles. 

9 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ.

16 December

NATO Deputy Secretary General H.E. Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero visits Azerbaijan.

2009

3-4 April

The Alliance reiterates its support to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty ofAzerbaijan and towards the settlement of the conflicts in the region, taking into account these principles at the NATO Strasbourg/Kehl Summit.

20-23 April

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

29 April

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev meets the NATO Secretary General and addresses the NAC.

11-12 June

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev participates at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers by visiting NATO HQ.

15 July

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits the NATO HQ and participates in NAC+Azerbaijan meeting.

4 December

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Mr. Araz Azimov participates at the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers with non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nations.

2010

5 February

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev participates at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries held in Istanbul, Turkey.

16 May

Azerbaijani delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mr. Araz Azimov pays a two-day visit to Afghanistan to assess the current state of Azerbaijan's non-military assistance to this country and discuss new cooperation opportunities

11 June

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev visits the NATO HQ to participate at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries.

15-16 June

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons visits Azerbaijan.

1 October

A delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits the NATO HQ. Minister Mammadyarov meets with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Claudio Bisogniero and joins a meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Azerbaijan in “28+1” format.

20 November

NATO Lisbon Summit Declaration reaffirms the paragraph on supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan by the NATO member nations in the context of the conflict resolution. 

2011

11 March

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev visits the NATO HQ to participate at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries.

14 April

Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mr. Araz Azimov joins a meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs with non-NATO ISAF contributing nations held in Berlin.

5 May

Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan general Najmaddin Sadikov joins NATO’s Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence of ISAF Non-NATO Troop-Contributing Countries held in Brussels.  

9 June

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev visits the NATO HQ to participate at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries.

5 July

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Azerbaijan. Mr. Appathurai is received by President, holds meetings with high-level governmental and parliamentary officials and speaks to NISA Summer Session participants.  

8 July

The Saloğlu Trust Fund project designed to decontaminate a large area of 4400 hectares around Saloğlu town in Azerbaijan from explosive ordnances posing a serious humanitarian, socio-economic and environmental threat to the local population comes to an end.

8 July

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Gábor Iklódy visitsAzerbaijan. Mr. Iklódy is received by the President, holds meetings with high-level governmental officials and attends the closing ceremony of Saloğlu PfP Trust Fund project inBaku.  

24-25 November

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning Hüseyin Diriöz visitsAzerbaijan. During the visit Ambassador Diriöz attends the border security workshop held inBaku and co-sponsored by NATO and held bilateral meetings with the Azerbaijani relevant state organizations.    

8 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO ISAF contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

19 December

NAC approves Azerbaijan’s third IPAP.

2012

10 February

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Azerbaijan. Mr. Appathurai is received by President, holds meetings with high-level governmental and parliamentary officials and speaks to NISA Winter Session participants, also meets with ADA students.  

15 February

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev meets the NATO Secretary General and addresses the NAC.

9-13 April

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

19 April

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO ISAF contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

21 May

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev attends the Meeting of Heads of States and Governments on Afghanistan in Chicago.

NATO Chicago Summit Declaration reaffirms the paragraph on supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan by the NATO member nations in the context of the conflict resolution. 

24 June

NATO evaluation level 1 of Azerbaijan’s infantry company under the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) was successfully conducted

5 July

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Azerbaijan. Mr. Appathurai speaks to NISA Summer Session participants and attends the Jeyranchel Trust Fund Project.   

6-7 September

NATO Secretary General visits Azerbaijan.

10 October

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev visits the NATO HQ to participate at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries.

31 October

Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan A.Azimov and Deputy Minister of Transport addressed the NAC with the presentation on transit opportunities in the context of ISAF redeployment, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and Baku International Seaport together with their Georgian and Turkish counterparts.

5 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO ISAF contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

2013

22 February

Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan, General Safar Abiyev visits the NATO HQ to participate at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers with non-NATO ISAF contributing countries..

8-9 April

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

22 May

Baku hosts NATO Partnership Conference on “Emerging Security Challenges: to enhance energy security in XXI century”.

Ambassador Gábor Iklódy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges visits Azerbaijan, meets with the President and MFA.

31 May

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic,  NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security Mari Skaare and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Azerbaijan.

26 June

2013 IPAP Assessment Meeting is held at NATO HQ in 28+1 format.

6-10 November

N.Ismayilov, Director of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) visits NATO HQ and presents a report about the implementation of Jeyrachel Trust Fund project at PPC/EAPC format.

4 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO ISAF contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

2014

15 January

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev meets the NATO Secretary General and addresses the NAC.

22-23 January

Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan general Najmaddin Sadikov joins NATO’s Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence of ISAF Non-NATO Troop-Contributing Countries held in Brussels.  

27 February

Minister of Defence, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov attends NATO’s Defence Ministerial meeting at ISAF format in NATO HQ

2-5 June

Minister of Defence, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov attends NATO’s Defence Ministerial meeting at ISAF format in NATO HQ. He also visits to SHAPE and meets SACEUR

8 July

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai and General Manager of NSPA, Mr. Mike Lyden visit to Azerbaijan.

4 September

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev attends the Meeting of Heads of States and Governments on Afghanistan in Wales.

NATO Wales Summit Declaration reaffirms the paragraph on supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan by the NATO member nations in the context of the conflict resolution. 

2 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO Resolute Support contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

2015

 

16-19 March

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

23 April

Minister of Emergency Situations, colonel-general Kamaladdin Heydarov visits NATO HQ

13 May

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits Antalya to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO Resolute Support contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

 

21 May

Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan general Najmaddin Sadikov joins NATO’s Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence of NATO Countries at Resolute Support and interoperability formats held in Brussels.  

 

1 December

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO Resolute Support contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

 

17 December

2015 IPAP Assessment Meeting is held at NATO HQ in 28+1 format

 

2016

 

 

21 January

Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan general Najmaddin Sadikov joins NATO’s Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence of NATO Countries at Resolute Support format held in Brussels.  

 

16 February

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits to Azerbaijan.

 

7-11 March

NATO experts conduct an assessment of Azerbaijan’s IPAP and PARP implementation in Baku. 

 

18 May

Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan general Najmaddin Sadikov joins NATO’s Military Committee meeting with Chiefs of Defence of NATO Countries at Resolute Support format held in Brussels.  

 

20 May

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits NATO HQ to attend the NAC meeting with non-NATO Resolute Support contributors held at the level of Foreign Ministers.

 

31 May –

 1June

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, H.E. Dr. Elmar Mammadyarov visits the NATO HQ. Minister Mammadyarov meets with the NATO Secretary General, H. E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg and joins a meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Azerbaijan in “28+1” format.

 

8-9 July

President of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev attends the Meeting of Heads of States and Governments on Afghanistan in Warsaw.

NATO Wales Summit Declaration reaffirms the paragraph on supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan by the NATO member nations in the context of the conflict resolution. 

 



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