Slovakia and NATO: The Madrid Summit and After
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Immediately after the revolutions of 1989-1990, Central Europeans announced their desire to return to Europe. In policy terms this meant that Central Europeans wanted to join the European Union EU and NATO. NATOs initial response was to extend its hand of friendship at the London Summit in July 1990 and to establish the North Atlantic Cooperation Council NACC at the Rome Summit in November 1991. As 1992 opened, not only did the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia disintegrate, but after the June 1992 Czech and Slovak Federated Republic CSFR elections, Czech and Slovak leaders decided to conclude a Velvet Divorce on 1 January 1993. Despite the fact that the majority of Czechs and Slovaks in both regions opposed separation, no referendum was convened. Since 1993, both CSFR successor states-the Czech Republic and Slovakia-have continued to pursue EU and NATO membership. After the January 1994 Brussels Summit announced Partnership For Peace PFP, Slovakia became one of the more active of the 27 Partners in the program. In September 1995 Slovakia was briefed by NATO on The Study on NATO Enlargement. When the December 1995 North Atlantic Council NAC session invited those Partners interested in NATO membership to engage in enhanced 161 dialogues, Slovakia responded affirmatively-participating in three rounds of discussions during 1996-concluding that it wanted to join NATO.
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