NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

21 Sep. 2011

NATO Secretary General at the UN General Assembly

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on the margin of the UN General Assembly in New York. Mr Rasmussen stressed that NATO operates on the basis of a UN mandate on three continents, in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Libya. NATO, he said, is a modern security organisation which operates in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.

The discussion focused on NATO's successful implementation of the UN mandate in Libya, the progress of transition in Afghanistan, and continued consultations between the two organisations.

The NATO Secretary General also met the Emir of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, to exchange views on current regional developments and ways of deepening cooperation. Mr Rasmussen thanked the Emir for Qatar's significant contribution to Operation Unified Protector and informed him of the decision for a technical rollover of the operation, while keeping the situation in Libya under constant review.

The NATO Secretary General also held talks with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Mr Rasmussen voiced appreciation for Ukraine's contribution to NATO-led operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Also on the agenda were areas where cooperation between NATO and Ukraine could move forward. These include tackling emerging security challenges, such as cyber attacks, piracy and, energy security, as well as operations. The Secretary General stressed the importance of the rule of law as a basis for constructive cooperation and a facilitator of Ukraine's European aspirations.

Mr Rasmussen invited President Yanukovych to address the North Atlantic Council in Brussels in order to continue the dialogue between NATO and Ukraine.

Last updated: 22-Sep-2011 02:56

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Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen greets President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Members of the World's media gather around an aging CRT monitor to see President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speak during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen walks through the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) is interviewed by Jakob Nielson of the Danish publication, Politiken, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) speaks with the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reviews schedule notes in an office overlooking the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon bids farewell to NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York following a meeting between the two on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen signs the guest book of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon as Ki-moon looks on at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen pauses before the portrait of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Jonathan Wachtel of Fox News outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.