20 May. 2012
Chicago Summit Declaration
Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Chicago on 20 May 2012
We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North AtlanticAlliance, have gathered in Chicago to renew our commitment to our
vital transatlanticbond; take stock of progress in, and reconfirm our commitment to, our operations inAfghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere; ensure the Alliance has the capabilities it needs to dealwith the full range of threats; and strengthen our wide range of partnerships.
Our nations are united in their commitment to the Washington Treaty and to the purposesand principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Based on solidarity, Alliance cohesionand the indivisibility of our security, NATO remains the transatlantic framework for strongcollective defence and the essential forum for security consultations and decisions amongAllies. Our 2010 Strategic Concept continues to guide us in fulfilling effectively, and alwaysin accordance with international law, our
three essential core tasks – collective defence,crisis management, and cooperative security – all of which contribute to safeguardingAlliance members.
At a time of complex security challenges and financial difficulties, it is more important thanever to make the best use of our resources and to continue to adapt our forces andstructures. We remain committed to our common values, and are
determined to ensureNATO’s ability to meet any challenges to our shared security.4.We pay tribute to all the brave men and women from Allied and partner nations serving inNATO-led missions and operations. We commend them for their professionalism anddedication and acknowledge the invaluable support provided to them by their families andloved ones. We owe a special debt of gratitude to all those who have lost their lives orbeen injured during the course of their duties, and we extend our profound sympathy totheir families and loved ones.
Today we have taken further important steps on the road to a stable and secureAfghanistan
and to our goal of preventing Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safehaven for terrorists that threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world. The irreversibletransition of full security responsibility from the International Security Assistance Force(ISAF) to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is on track for completion by the endof 2014, as agreed at our Lisbon Summit. We also recognise in this context the importanceof a comprehensive approach and continued improvements in governance anddevelopment, as well as a political process involving successful reconciliation andreintegration. We welcome the announcement by President Karzai on the third tranche of provinces that will start transition. This third tranche means that 75% of Afghanistan’spopulation will live in areas where the ANSF have taken the lead for security. By mid-2013,when the fifth and final tranche of provinces starts transition, we will have reached
animportant milestone in our Lisbon roadmap, and the ANSF will be in
the lead for securitynationwide
At that milestone,
shifts from focusing primarily on combatincreasingly to the provision of training, advice and assistance to the ANSF
ISAF will beable to ensure that the Afghans have the support they need as they adjust to their newincreased responsibility. We are gradually and responsibly drawing down our forces tocomplete the ISAF mission by 31 December 2014.6.By the end of 2014, when the Afghan Authorities will have full security responsibility, theNATO-led combat mission will end. We will, however, continue to provide strong and long-term political and practical support through our Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan.NATO is ready to work towards establishing, at the request of the Government of the