Ministers reaffirm commitment to operations

  • 05 Oct. 2011 -
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  • Last updated: 05 Oct. 2011 17:32

NATO Defence Ministers met in Brussels today to review current operations for Libya, in Kosovo, and off the Horn of Africa.

Left to right: Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero (NATO Deputy Secretary General) with Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder (US Permanent Representative to NATO) and Leon E. Panetta (US Secretary of Defense)

“Our operations in Libya, Afghanistan and elsewhere demonstrate that NATO is the indispensable Alliance”, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, during his opening remarks at the meeting. 

Ministers concluded that Operation Unified Protector to protect civilians in Libya has been a great success. They reiterated their commitment to continue the mission under the United Nations mandate for as long as necessary, and their determination to bring it to an end as soon as possible. Ministers also expressed their willingness to support the new Libyan authorities with defence and security sector reforms, should Alliance support be requested.

Ministers highlighted KFOR as a success story, and stressed their continued commitment to a safe and secure environment in Kosovo. They agreed that during recent unrest, KFOR had acted carefully, firmly and impartially, in full compliance with its United Nations mandate. They stressed that calm, moderation and dialogue was the only way forward for all the people of Kosovo.

On the challenge of piracy, Ministers renewed their commitment to tackling this threat and to provide the capabilities needed to do so.

“We will continue the mission with the commitment and the capabilities that our commanders need”, said the NATO Secretary General during the press conference following the meeting.