|Updated: 20-Sep-2001||NATO Speeches|
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage
Secretary General Lord Robertson - Thank you. This has been a very valuable meeting with the highest level representative of the United States Administration to come here to NATO Headquarters since we invoked Article Five last week. Mr. Armitage was not here to ask the Alliance for anything. He was here to brief, and to give information, and we've had a very good discussion about these things. The Allies -- all of NATO and the individual Allies -- are determined to collectively contribute and cooperate with other members of the International Community to this fight. It may be a long fight, but we hope successful fight against terrorism. But today, each of the Allies who contributed to the discussion underlined yet again the firmness of the Alliance members' solidarity with the United States at this difficult time. A very important meeting has taken place. I'll ask Mr. Armitage if he'll speak to us briefly.
NATO Spokesman Yves Brodeur - Please identify yourself and keep your questions brief.
Question - My name is Boda from Czech Television. I wonder, following the news from the German press, if you are or are not afraid that NATO might become the next target of any further attacks by the terrorists.
Secretary General Lord Robertson - I don't think that you would expect me to say anything about our security measures, but you can be sure that we are well prepared to deal with any threat to this Headquarters.
Question - Klaus from ZDF. Mr. Armitage, how does NATO solidarity now materialize? Did you ask something new from NATO other than Article Five?
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage - No. I didn't, as I said, come here to ask for anything. I came here to share with good Allies the information we have. I did point out that in this coalition building there is a continuum from, on the one hand, rhetorical or political support for activities on this global attack on terrorism. It runs the gamut to sharing of intelligence, sharing of financial information, perhaps overflight rights etc. And at the far end of the continuum is the possibility of some military activity either together or unilaterally. But, no decisions have been made, and I didn't come here to request any particular thing.
NATO Spokesman Yves Brodeur - We have time for one question. Last question please.
Question - Mr. Armitage. Judy Dempsey from the Financial Times. What did you get from Russia while you were there? What did you tell the NAC Council after your meeting with Russia?
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage - Well I briefed the NAC Council about the general content of my discussions with Deputy Foreign Minister Trubnikov and his colleagues, and mentioned very briefly the discussions that Foreign Minister Ivanov had with both Secretary Powell and with President Bush. The press statement that was issued following our meeting in Moscow indicated that the Russian Government was prepared to give all possible support, and I discussed that very briefly with the NAC. Thank you.
Question - Matt Kiminski from the Wall Street Journal. What can the Europeans offer beyond political support? Can you go into any more details?
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage - If I can talk generically -- I don't want to speak specifically about any nation or any organization -- this is going to be a sustained campaign on terrorism. And I think it is quite clear to most, if not all, in this room that this is not just military in nature. Its political, its economic, it will mean sharing of intelligence. So I think there is a role of some sort for every nation who is disgusted by terrorism and has had enough.
Secretary General Lord Robertson - Thank you very much.
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage - Thank you very much.