EAPC security forum opens in Astana

  • 24 Jun. 2009 - 25 Jun. 2009
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  • Press Release (2009) 088
  • Issued on 24 Jun. 2009
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  • Last updated: 24 Jun. 2009 16:13

Today, on Wednesday, 24th June 2009, the third Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) Security Forum will open in Astana, Kazakhstan. For two days the Forum will bring together high level representatives from NATO and Partner countries, as well as representatives of other international organisations, special guests (including from Afghanistan), academics, businessmen and journalists.

Views of the Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan

The meeting, hosted by the Kazakh authorities, will be chaired by the Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

In the morning of 25th June Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin of Kazakhstan will deliver a welcome speech on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The initial plenary session will also include keynote speeches by the NATO Secretary General, and the Foreign Minister of Denmark, Mr. Per Stig Moller.

Participants will then continue discussion in different panels, focusing on the situation in Afghanistan, regional perspectives of security and energy security issues.

The main press conference of the NATO Secretary General will take place at 13.00 on 25th June.