Deputy Secretary General thanks Montenegro for hosting NATO civil emergency exercise

  • 02 Nov. 2016 - 03 Nov. 2016
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  • Last updated: 03 Nov. 2016 14:58

Visiting Montenegro on Thursday (3 November 2016), Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller congratulated the nations and teams that participated at the CRNA GORA 2016 civil emergency exercise organised by the Alliance’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response and Coordination Centre (EADRCC).

Speaking at the closing ceremony alongside President Filip Vujanovic, the Deputy Secretary General thanked Montenegro for hosting the exercise. “Exercises like the one just concluded help to ensure that lives will be saved through prompt and effective multinational coordination,” she said. “Many nations working together to meet a common challenge – this is what NATO has been about for nearly 70 years. Working together – in areas related to defence and civil emergencies – we are greater than the sum of our individual countries acting alone.”

Ms. Gottemoeller congratulated Montenegro on celebrating its tenth year of independence in 2016 and on its progress toward NATO membership. She underlined that the Alliance looks forward to welcoming Montenegro as NATO’s 29th member in the near future.

During her visit, the Deputy Secretary General also met with President Filip Vujanovic, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, Deputy Prime Minister, Dusko Markovic, and Defence Minister, Dr. Milica Pejanovic Durisic.