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Defence Minister Kristin Krohn Devold discussed ESDP with the EU Troika

Defence Minister Kristin Krohn Devold – together with colleagues from Iceland, Turkey and Croatia- met with the EU Troika on 23 May to discuss the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).

24/05/2005 :: The Troika informed about the outcome of the EU Defence Ministers meeting in the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC).

Minister Kristin Devold underlined that Norway applauds the EU’s efforts to enhance the ESDP.

She announced Norwegian commitment to contribute to the development of European military rapid response capabilities, and informed that Norway on the same day had signed a framework agreement with Sweden, Finland and Estonia to establish a multinational EU Battlegroup.

Krohn Devold also made it clear that Norway is ready to sign the Administrative Arrangements with the European Defence Agency. She said she regrets that difficulties within the EU have delayed the process and hopes these obstacles will be overcome soon.

“Delays in concluding the Administrative Arrangements could negatively affect the Western European Armament Organisation’s (WEAO) ability to transfer its joint assets and instruments to the EDA”, Krohn Devold announced.

She underlined that Norway as chair of the WEAO will work actively with the EDA to minimise delays and other negative effects for both organisations.

To conclude, Krohn Devold stated the importance of making EU-NATO relations work.

“Unfortunately, the dialog between NATO and EU is not as effective as it should be”, she said.

“The request from the African Union with regard to their operation in Darfur provides EU and NATO with an opportunity to establish a close and mutually beneficial co-operation and dialogue”.

She encouraged practical co-operation at both political and staff levels in order to ensure success.


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