Focus on NATO
by NATO Secretary General, Javier Solana,
I warmly welcome the vote by the Spanish
Parliament on 14 November endorsing the Government's decision to
participate fully in the renovated Atlantic Alliance and to take
the necessary steps for Spain's full participation in the new
allied military structure. It is particularly gratifying that
this decision was endorsed by such a large majority.
I believe that the Parliament's decision is a timely one. The Alliance and its structures have already been greatly changed to take account of the dramatic developments in European security in the last few years and we are now in the process of making further far-reaching adaptations to it. Spain's participation in the new structure will enable her to play her full part in reshaping the Alliance to meet the challenges of tomorrow.