|Updated: 12-Mar-2001||NATO Speeches|
5 July 1990
Opening Statement to the NATO Summit Meeting
Speech by Secretary General, Manfred WörnerThe Cold War belongs to history. Our Alliance is moving from confrontation to cooperation. We are building a new Europe, a Europe drawn together by the unfettered aspiration for freedom, democracy and prosperity. Never before has Europe had such a tangible opportunity to overcome the cycle of war and peace that has so bedevilled its past.
We have a clear vision of Europe's future. We set it out in our 40th Anniversary Summit Declaration just one year ago. Now at our meeting today we must chart the further course towards the realization of that vision of a Europe whole and free. Our objective is not only the preservation of peace but the building of peace.
In the past few weeks a series of ministerial meetings have drawn up the basis for this Alliance's contribution to the new Europe. Already we are responding to change with change and with initiative. We are adapting our Alliance, reaching out to all who wish to build the same Europe as we do. Today we will renew our offer of cooperation and give it concrete form. We look at the Soviet Union and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as potential partners and friends. A policy of cooperation is the logical extension of our Harmel Doctrine. The Alliance is now realizing its full potential as a framework of stability and an instigator of peaceful change.
Europe is not yet immune from future risk or danger. This Alliance, which has contributed so much to overcoming Europe's painful division, must play its full part alongside other Western institutions in extending the stability and security we enjoy to all European nations. NATO's impact will be critical in four areas:
First in clearing away the legacy of the Cold War years by concluding
a CFE agreement and continuing the process of arms control. We must bring
the military situation rapidly into line with the new political realities