TAKES UP ITS NEW AGENDA
Ambassador G. von Moltke, Assistant Secretary
General of NATO's Political Affairs Division
The meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government
in Rome on 7 and 8 November last year marked a decisive step in
NATO's transformation and adaptation to the new situation in Europe.
The Rome Declaration on Peace and Cooperation set out in broad conceptual
terms a new series of objectives for the transformed Alliance to
meet in this revolutionary era of European history.
NEW EUROPE - A DANISH VIEW
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Denmark
Europe - and the world - is presently
undergoing tremendous changes. The Communist dictatorships in Eastern
and Central Europe have been replaced by new states based on core
values which, three years ago, could only have been described as
Western - democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.
HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
THE PARLIAMENTARY CONTRIBUTION
Simon Lunn, Deputy Secretary
General of the North Atlantic Assembly
A timely reminder of the essential,
yet often overlooked, parliamentary contribution to the current
efforts to reach out to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
was provided recently by the North Atlantic Assembly when it joined
with the Lithuanian Parliament in sponsoring an international seminar
in Vilnius on Baltic Security Requirements.
HAND OF FRIENDSHIP THE MILITARY CONTACTS PROGRAMME
Lt. Col. Angus Watt, Military Contacts Branch, Plans and Policy
Division,NATO's International Military Staff
It was Winston Churchill who said, almost 40 years
ago, that 'it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war'. Indeed, while
NATO's deterrent military role has always been a cornerstone of
the Alliance, it is equally true that the pursuit of dialogue and
cooperation has also been extremely important. In fact, this twin
track of deterrence and dialogue was enshrined in the HARMEL DOCTRINE
which the Alliance formally adopted in 1967. Unfortunately, the
strictures and stereotypes of the Cold War impeded this attempt
to communicate for many years. However, recent times have seen a
new sense of importance attached to the task of dialogue with the
nations of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and this is beginning
to bear fruit.
Ralph J. Lysyshyn,Head
of the Canadian Delegation to the Open Skies Negotiation and Canada's
Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO.
Once the effect of the Gulf conflict
on the airline industry is over, air traffic congestion and delays
in Europe, which had assumed crises proportions during the last
few years, triggered off by an explosive increase in civilian air
traffic, can be expected to reoccur. Yet the finite European airspace
also has to accommodate allied air forces which must retain maximum
freedom of operation. These potentially conflicting demands can
only be harmonized by careful civil/military coordination.