NATO Called on Ukraine to Put the SBU and Defense Sector Under “Democratic Control”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

15:10:03
12/07/2018

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Allies in NATO urged Ukraine to make the best use of the tools available to the NATO-Ukraine Commission, in particular the annual national program of cooperation (ANP), and also to reform the Security Service. This was said in the statement adopted following the results of the Georgia-Ukraine NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday, July 12th.

NATO welcomed “significant progress in carrying out reforms, in particular the recent adoption of the law on the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court and the law on national security”.

“The latter law is a long-awaited and important step in bringing the Ukrainian security and defense sphere to Euro-Atlantic standards and practice. Allies in NATO urged Ukraine to implement the provisions of the Law in order to strengthen civil control and democratic supervision over the sphere of security and defense in Ukraine,” it is said in the document.

The alliance calls on Ukraine “to further develop the potential of the sphere of command and control, planning and drawing up the budget, improving military education, and also ensuring the timely reform of the security services”.

As for the law on education adopted in September, 2017, allies urged Ukraine to completely implement the recommendations and conclusions of the Venice commission, which Ukraine declared its readiness to do.

“The success of reforms in Ukraine – in particular in combatting corruption and promoting the inclusivity of an electoral process based on democratic values – respect of human rights, ethnic minorities, and the rule of law will be crucial for the creation of a foundation for a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine that is firmly cemented among European democracies,” it is said in the document.

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