Press release 71/2011
1 March 2011
Finland, as a partner country of the Partnership for Peace, will participate in the NATO Crisis Management Exercise 2011 (CMX11) on 23–30 March. CMX is NATO’s annual exercise, and the NATO partner countries are now invited to participate for the fourth time. Finland took part in the previous crisis management exercises open to partner countries, which were held in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Partner countries Finland and Sweden will participate in this year’s exercise in addition to the NATO allies. Besides NATO Headquarters and the NATO strategy-level military staffs, civilian and military staffs in national capitals and NATO representative offices will take part in the exercise. Participation from Finland will include the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Mission of Finland to NATO in Brussels, the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Command and other authorities as needed.
Finland’s intention is to practise consultation with NATO as a Partnership for Peace partner country in a situation where the NATO allies carry out consultation based on Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty and practise potential implementation of Article 5 concerning joint defence. Only the NATO allies take part in potential implementation of Article 5.
Additional information: Outi Holopainen, Head of the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management in the Political Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 9 1605 5480; Senior Adviser Rasmus Hindrén of the International Defence Policy Unit of the Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 9 1608 8268; Lieutenant Colonel Asko Kopra, Mission of Finland to NATO in Brussels, tel. +32 479 900 295; and the NATO Media Centre, tel. +32 2 707 5041