EUROPEAN SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
THE ROLE OF THE EUROGROUP
Dr. Fernando Nogueira, Minister of Defence of Portugal and Chairman
The unexpected and profound transformations which
are taking place in the Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern
Europe are causing an acceleration of history, which has repercussions
beyond the geographic boundaries of those countries.
SECURITY AND THE CSCE
Sir Michael Alexander, UK Permanent Representative on the North
The changes that have swept across Europe in the
last two years, wiping out many of the points of reference which
we had been used to seeing on the political map for the past four
decades, have considerably altered the way Europeans think about
the inter-related concepts of their security and defence. As the
old, monolithic threat posed by the massed armies of the Warsaw
Pact has disappeared, we have become more aware of other risks to
our stability and security.
ROLE OF THE IEPG
Guy Coëme, Minister of Defence of Belgium and Chairman of
The debates on European security
being conducted as part of the Intergovernmental Conference on Political
Union and within the Western European Union (WEU) have been particularly
lively, and bear witness to the highly delicate nature of the subject.
At the European Council in Rome in December 1990, Heads of government
had an initial discussion on the possibility of extending the role
of the Political Union in the security field, including economic
and technological cooperation in the sphere of armaments.
IN EUROPE IN 1991:
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
Ambassador Lambert W. Veenendaal,
Head of the Netherlands CFE negotiations in Vienna
The summer break in the Vienna negotiations
on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) marks the halfway point
of the follow-on negotiations on manpower, commonly known as CFE
1A. Yet the negotiations have only just started in earnest with
the tabling of a number of proposals which will have to be discussed
NATO's environmental programme
is expanded and opened to the East.
Dr. Deniz Yuksel-Beten,Director of NATO's CCMS Programme.
NATO's involvement in environmental
problems dates back to April 1969 when, at the 20th Anniversary
meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Washington, it was decided
to give the Alliance a new "social and environmental dimension."
The following November, the Committee on the Challenges of Modern
Society (CCMS) was established with the aim of tackling at the international
level practical problems already under study at the national level
and, by combining existing expertise and technology, arriving fairly
rapidly at conclusions and recommendations which would be of benefit
to the member nations.