Press Release
21 June 1999


Crisis Prevention Finds Its Way Onto EU-US Summit Agenda
Details of Implementation Still Missing

In the Declaration of the European Union and the United States of America released today in Bonn, the EU and the US committed itself to further strengthening its joint capacity to prevent or deal with regional crises. No specific details were given regarding the actual programmes that would be developed to achieve that goal. The declaration does recognise the key role that both the UN and the OSCE would have to play and stated its full recognition of the "primary responsibility of the United Nations Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security". NATO was also mentioned in the declaration as the "centrepiece" of Transatlantic security without reference to the alliances role in crises prevention.

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