Updated: 28-Jun-2004 NATO Press Releases


27 June 2004

Press Statement
for the Meeting of the Defence Planning Committee
in Ministerial Session in Istanbul - 27th June 2004

NATO Istanbul Summit

The Defence Planning Committee met in Ministerial Session in Istanbul on 27th June in advance of the Summit Meeting of Alliance Heads of State and Government and to conduct business related to NATO's collective defence planning. It was the first meeting of the Committee in Ministerial Session attended by the Ministers of the seven new Allies since their accession.

Defence Ministers adopted new NATO Force Goals for individual Allies to guide the development of their forces up to 2010 and beyond. They also approved proposals for a revised force planning process. Ministers also discussed defence planning related aspects of the transformation of Alliance capabilities.

The Ministers expressed their thanks to their Turkish colleague, Minister of Defence Mehmet Vecdi Gönül, for hosting the meeting.

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