Updated: 06-May-2002 NATO Press Releases

10 Oct. 2000

Chairman's Summary

Informal Meeting of Defence Ministers
Birmingham 10 October 2000

The Defence Ministers and Representatives of the Alliance met informally in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 10 October.

The Ministers discussed the situation in the Balkans, in particular the role of SFOR and KFOR. In addition, they reviewed progress on the work set in train at the Washington Summit, including on the Defence Capabilities Initiative and the development of the European Security and Defence Identity. Ministers also discussed guidance for the development of Alliance military capabilities and the provision of the resources this would require.

The Ministers expressed their appreciation to the UK colleague, Minister Geoffrey Hoon, for hosting the meeting.

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