NATO – Azerbaijan relations

    • Evolution of relations
    • Framework for cooperation
    • Key areas of cooperation
    • Key milestones of cooperation 

Evolution of relations

NATO-Azerbaijan relations date back to 1992, when Azerbaijan joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (later renamed the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in 1997). 
Relations between Azerbaijan and NATO were given a significant impetus, when on 4 May 1994, the President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev signed the Partnership for Peace Framework Document and Azerbaijan joined the PfP Programme. The Partnership for Peace Programme has proved to be a very successful mechanism in promoting and developing defence co-operation and military interoperability between NATO and partner nations, that enables us to engage in joint crisis management and peace support operations.

In 1996, Azerbaijan submitted its PfP Presentation Document to NATO and its first Individual Partnership Programme was adopted. The annual Individual Partnership Programme is prepared between NATO and Azerbaijan to meet the goals, objectives and requirements stemming from the PfP Presentation Document of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan was also the first country in the region to sign a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with NATO in 1996.

In 1997, Azerbaijan was among one of the first post-soviet Republics that joined the Planning and Review Process. For the PARP cycle of 2000-2002, Azerbaijan accepted 27 Partnership Goals (PGs), while for the PARP cycle of 2004-2006, the number of PGs taken by Azerbaijan increased to 33. Many PGs have been implemented, and some, due to specific constraints, partially implemented or transferred to the next PARP cycles. PGs are focused on achieving military interoperability with NATO troops through introduction of NATO’s political-military, military, training and technical standards.

Azerbaijan was among the first countries to express its intention to join Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which was suggested to partner nations by Alliance as a new PfP mechanism at the NATO Prague Summit in 2002. An official "letter of intent" was submitted to NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, during his visit to Azerbaijan on 15 May 2003.

On 27 May 2005, Azerbaijan’s IPAP document containing concrete objectives and actions on significant domestic reform was agreed by the North Atlantic Council and subsequently approved by President Ilham Aliyev.

In 2007, Azerbaijan successfully completed its first IPAP cycle and started together with NATO International Staff (IS) to elaborate new IPAP document for the second, 2007-2009 cycle.

In 2010, Azerbaijan completed its second IPAP cycle and started together with NATO International Staff (IS) to elaborate the third IPAP document for the 2011-2012 cycle.

In 2011, NATO and Azerbaijan agreed their third Individual Partnership Action Plan.


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