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SLOVAKIA'S ACCESSION TO NATO

Timeline


January 1994
February 1994
August 1995
October 1995
April 1996
October 1996
March 1997
May 1997
July 1997
November 1998
December 1998
March 1999
April 1999
October 1999
March 2001
November 2001
November 2002
March 2003
February 2004
March 29, 2004

January 1994
US President Bill Clinton meets with V4 state officials. Following the meeting, PM Vladimír Mečiar says that Slovakia's entry to NATO is merely a matter of time.


February 1994
Mečiar signs the Partnership for Peace, a framework political document for NATO accession.


August 1995
After the kidnapping of President Kováč's son earlier in the year, Slovakia is warned by a high-standing US official that it lags behind the other V4 states in terms of adhering to democratic principles and that it may be politically isolating itself.
October 1995
The US administration sends a démarche to Slovakia reminding the state that respect for democracy is crucial for the country's progress in its transformation.


April 1996
NATO Secretary General Javier Solana says Slovakia is still on the list of candidates for NATO entry, but appeals to the state to prove that it is a democratic country.


October 1996
Foreign Minister Pavol Hamžík is told that the US expressed concern about democracy in Slovakia.


March 1997
Mečiar publicly admits that Slovakia may be left out of the first wave of NATO expansion since the fall of communism.


May 1997
The referendum on Slovakia's NATO entry is officially announced but is thwarted by the Mečiar government.


July 1997
A NATO summit in Madrid decides that Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic will be invited to join the alliance.


November 1998
PM Mikuláš Dzurinda meets with NATO and EU officials, soliciting a "good signal for Slovakia" from the NATO's April 1999 summit.


December 1998
US Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright says Slovakia is one of the best prepared NATO candidates.


March 1999
The Slovak cabinet opens Slovakia's skies to the alliance in connection with NATO operations in Yugoslavia.


April 1999
Slovakia is included on the list of NATO candidates.


October 1999
Slovakia approves National Programme for the Preparation for NATO Membership.


March 2001
Parliament approves a security strategy that includes plans related to Slovakia's future NATO membership.


November 2001
NATO Secretary General George Robertson says during a visit to Bratislava that Slovakia is on the right path in reforming the army and strengthening democratic principles.


November 2002
Slovakia, along with six other post-communist states, is invited to join NATO at the Prague summit of the alliance.


March 2003
The ratification of accession protocols starts.


April 2003
Parliament approves Slovakia's accession to NATO.


February 2004
NATO expansion is approved in all member states.


March 29, 2004
Slovakia and six other post-communist states formally enter the alliance after handing in their national ratification documents to the US administration. NATO expands from 19 to 26 members.


Compiled by Martina Pisárová from SITA reports

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