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THE EUROPEAN SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
THE ROLE OF THE EUROGROUP

Dr. Fernando Nogueira, Minister of Defence of Portugal and Chairman of Eurogroup

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.


 

No 4

1991



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EUROPEAN SECURITY AND THE CSCE
Sir Michael Alexander, UK Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council

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.


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THE ROLE OF THE IEPG
Guy Coëme, Minister of Defence of Belgium and Chairman of IEPG

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.


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CONVENTIONAL STABILITY
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 this autumn.


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CCMS: 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.


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