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Chronology of Slovenian Integration into NATO

1993 The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopts the Resolution on the Starting-Points for a National Security Plan.
1994 The democratically-expressed political will for Slovenia to join NATO is first clearly expressed in the supplements to the Resolution on the Starting-Points for a National Security Plan, adopted in Slovenia's National Assembly in January.

On the basis of the decision expressed by Slovenia's parliament, on 30 March Slovenia becomes one of the first countries to be included in Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the same year becomes an associate partner in the North Atlantic Assembly (NAA).

1995 Slovenia begins to carry out the first cycle of the Planning and Review Process (PARP).

Slovenia delivers its first Individual Partnership Programme.

In August members of the Slovenian Armed Forces take part for the first time in a PfP exercise in the US (Cooperative Nugget).

The Status of Forces and Transit Agreement for IFOR/SFOR is signed.

1996 At the end of January Slovenia begins to participate in the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC) (succeeded in May 1997 by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, EAPC).

Slovenia's political decision for NATO membership is clearly expressed in the 11 April resolution adopted by the National Assembly, stating that "the Republic of Slovenia wishes to guarantee its basic security interest within the framework of a system of collective security, made possible by NATO membership."

Slovenia is among the first PfP states to respond to NATO's proposal for individual dialogue, which begins on 17 April. Slovenia presents its political, economic and defence arrangements in three rounds of individual dialogue.

1997 In April the National Assembly adopts the Declaration on NATO Membership. In August President Milan Kucan signs the order on establishing the Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to NATO. On October Slovenia sends members of the Slovenian Armed Forces to SFOR.
1998 In February the government presents the National Strategy for the Integration of the Republic of Slovenia into NATO.

In Autumn the largest NATO/PfP exercise outside NATO territory takes place in Slovenia - "Cooperative Adventure Exchange '98" (more than 6,000 soldiers from NATO and PfP countries take part).

1999 At the Washington Summit in April 1999, NATO member states adopt the Membership Action Plan (MAP). With the adoption of the Annual National Programme of the RS for Carrying out the NATO Membership Action Plan (ANP MAP 1999-2000) in October, Slovenia is included in the Membership Action Plan.
2000 The first cycle of the ANP MAP 1999-2000 is concluded in May with a meeting between the North Atlantic Council and Slovenia.

In the ANP MAP 2000-2001 the RS presents for the second time its activities and the goals that it has decided to achieve, as well as the methods and time periods for reaching these.

2001 Slovenia prepares its third ANP MAP 2001-2002, which the government adopts in September, and delivers it to NATO's International Secretariat in October.
2002 In September Slovenia delivers its fourth ANP MAP 2002-2003.

At the NATO Summit Meeting in Prague on 21 and 22 November, Slovenia is invited to begin accession talks for NATO membership along with Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.

On 26 November the government of Slovenia receives a formal written invitation from NATO's secretary general to begin accession talks.

On 24 December the government adopts the starting points for accession talks with NATO.

2003 Accession talks with NATO take place in two rounds (21 and 31 January). On 23 January the government of Slovenia adopts the Initiative for Accession to the North Atlantic Treaty.

In a 23 March referendum on the entry of Slovenia into NATO, 66.08% of voters support Slovenia's NATO membership.

On 24 March the minister of foreign affairs, Dr Dimitrij Rupel, sends a letter and timetable for reforms to NATO's secretary general.

On 26 March the Permanent Representatives of the nineteen NATO member states in Brussels sign a protocol on Slovenia's accession to NATO.

The ratification process in NATO member states will last until the middle of spring 2004.

Slovenia submitts to NATO its fifth annual national programme for implementation of the Membership Action Plan (MAP) covering the period 2003-2004 in October.

2004 24 February - Slovene National Assembly ratifies Washington Treaty. Slovenian soldiers join a peacekeeping mission ISAF in Afghanistan in March.

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