On 12 September 2001, the Member States of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) condemned unanimously the terrorist attacks on the United States of America on 11 September 2001, and promised to undertake all efforts to fight against terrorism. On 21 November 2002, member States of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council endorsed Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism. Its aim was to help to fulfil their obligations under international law with respect to combating terrorism. The EAPC states understand that the struggle against terrorism requires joint and comprehensive efforts of the international community. EAPC States will make all efforts within their power to prevent and suppress terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They will act with respect to the universally recognized norms and principles of international law, the United Nations Charter, and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373. Mainly it is necessary to intensify and accelerate the exchange of operational information regarding terrorist persons or networks. To strengthen a global response to this serious challenge cooperation must become more efficient on national, sub-regional, regional and international levels. EAPC States are committed to the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, as well as the rule of law, in combating terrorism. EAPC States cooperate across a spectrum of areas in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and Partnership for Peace that has relevance to the fight against terrorism. The areas include political consultations; operations; issues of military interoperability; defence and force planning and defence reform; consequence management, including civil emergency planning; air defence and airspace management; armaments cooperation; border control and security; suppression of financing of terrorism; prevention of arms and explosives; smuggling; science; and arms control and non-proliferation. EAPC States stress that arms control and non-proliferation make an essential contribution to the global combat against terrorism, in particular by helping prevent the use of WMD. The principal objectives of the Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism are to:
“- Reconfirm the determination of EAPC States to create an environment unfavourable to the development and expansion of terrorism, building on their shared democratic values, and to assist each other and others in this endeavour.
- Underscore the determination of EAPC States to act against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and their willingness to cooperate in preventing and defending against terrorist attacks and dealing with their consequences.
- Provide interested Partners with increased opportunities for contributing to and supporting, consistent with the specific character of their security and defence policies, NATO’s efforts in the fight against terrorism.
- Promote and facilitate cooperation among the EAPC States in the fight against terrorism, through political consultation, and practical programmes under EAPC and the Partnership for Peace.
- Upon request, provide assistance to EAPC States in dealing with the risks and consequences of terrorist attacks, including on their economic and other critical infrastructure.” [8]

[8] - Based on internet http://www.nato.int/docu/basictxt/b021122e.htm
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