The Chicago NATO Summit on 20-21 May will include a meeting on Afghanistan and a NATO special partners meeting. The Finnish delegation will be led by the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö. The delegation includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja and Minister of Defence Stefan Wallin.
The meeting on Afghanistan will discuss financing of the security forces in Afghanistan post 2014. Finland will support the security forces by giving roughly 6 million euros annually since 2014. The money will be channelled through the multi-lateral trust fund LOTFA, administered by UNDP, to the Afghan national police force (4.5 million EUR) and through a NATO trust fund to the Afghan army (1 million EUR). In addition, Finland backs up Denmark's 3 C initiative with 500,000 euros, channelled through a NATO trust fund.
Finland will also continue allocating funds for Afghanistan in its development cooperation appropriations. Country-specific appropriations will total 20 million euros in 2014. Other forms of development cooperation include humanitarian aid, support for NGOs and civilian crisis management funding, which collectively receive about 10 million euros annually. Civilian crisis management funding currently totals 4.4 million euros.
The Afghanistan meeting will also discuss a successor mission to the ISAF operation. Finland welcomes the idea of a successor mission to ISAF and will consider participation at a later date.
NATO has invited 13 partner countries in a special partners meeting to discuss ways to develop cooperation with partner nations and implementation of the partnership reform adopted in 2011.
Further information: Diplomatic Advisor to the Foreign Minister Katja Pehrman, tel. +358 40 181 9257