New Permanent Representative of Greece
Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis (51) succeeded Ambassador George Savvaides as Permanent Representative of Greece to the North Atlantic Council in March 2000.
A graduate first in economics and political science and then law from the universities of Thessaloniki and Athens respectively, Mr Kaskarelis joined the foreign ministry in 1974. Two years later, he was sent as Third Secretary to the embassy in Turkey. From there, he moved on first to Venice, Italy, as Consul in 1979, and then on to Cyprus in 1983 as First Secretary and later Counsellor.
In 1987, he was appointed Head of the Greek Military Mission in Berlin (West) for three years, before becoming the Consul General of Greece there in 1990, after the wall had come down.
A year later, Mr Kaskarelis returned to the foreign ministry in Athens, where he served first as Deputy Director of the Turkish Desk and then from 1993 as Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary General.
In 1995, he was sent as Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations in New York, a position he held until taking up his present appointment at NATO headquarters.
Algeria joins the Mediterranean Dialogue
In his first television address to the troubled nation after his election in April 1999, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pledges to work towards national reconciliation 5 July 1999. (Belga photo - 12Kb)
On 8 March 2000, the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria accepted the North Atlantic Councils invitation to join the Mediterranean Dialogue.
NATOs Mediterranean Dialogue was launched in 1994, reflecting the alliances view that security in Europe is closely linked to security and stability in the Mediterranean. The allies are confident that Algeria will contribute to the Dialogues aims which are to create good, strong and friendly relations across the region, as well as better mutual understanding, and in this way to promote security and stability in the Mediterranean.
Seven non-NATO countries Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia now participate in the Dialogue, which complements other international efforts such as the European Unions Barcelona Process and the Middle East Peace Process.