Updated: 06-Mar-2002 NATO Press Releases

(2002) 031

6 March 2002

News Release

On 6 March the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, in the presence of the Ambassadors of the Member and Partner nations, unveiled a work by the British painter Ashley Jackson commemorating the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States. The painting, given to NATO by the renowned artist, illustrates the tragic events that changed the course of history forever. It also emphasizes the key role played by NATO in invoking Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.

The painting, which will be hung at the very entrance to the room in which the North Atlantic Council met on the evening of 11 September, is also intended as a reminder of the unique mission entrusted to NATO when the North Atlantic Treaty was signed 52 years ago: to defend the common values uniting the members of the Alliance and forming the foundation of our societies against any external aggression.

"The unveiling of Ashley Jackson's painting is a solemn commitment: we shall never forget. All those who would seek to attack the freedoms and values we cherish will find us blocking in their way", Lord Robertson said.

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