|Updated: 23 April 1999||NATO Speeches|
by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Tony Blair
So today we commemorate. But we know that celebration is very hard when, on Europe's doorstep, men are being taken from their homes and shot, women raped in front of their families, children orphaned amid scenes of barbarism and ethnic hatred.
As well as taking pride in its peace-keeping part, NATO can be proud of its fighting role today. We cannot and we will not stand by and allow a policy of genocide to succeed. Reversing the hideous policy of ethnic cleansing is the best anniversary memorial NATO could have.
At this Summit, we are thinking of NATO's future. We must ensure that NATO has the military capabilities and the flexible, modern structures it needs for a new century. But above all, we must remember why we founded NATO, why it remains the basis of our collective security, as vital today as it was half a century ago to the upholding of our values of peace, liberty and justice.