HC Deb 29 November 1995 vol 267 c766W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being given to Russian officers on the civic education in a democracy and human rights in the armed services under NATO's "Partnership for Peace" programme; and if he will make a statement. [2768]

Mr. Soames

I have been asked to reply.

One of the main objectives of "Partnership for Peace" is to ensure democratic control of the armed forces. Russia has indicated interest, through their individual partnership programme in the following related areas:

  • Civil democratic control over the armed forces.
  • Role and functions of the armed forces in a democratic society.
  • Legislation concerning the armed forces in a democratic society.
  • Relations between the military and civilians in a democratic society.

Implementation of Russia's IPP has not yet commenced.

The United Kingdom is, however, undertaking bilateral initiatives in this area. As part of our Outreach programme, a seminar, "Armed Forces and Society", is to be held in London from 12 to 14 December. Representatives from the Russian Ministry of Defence are expected to attend.