|Updated: 24-Jan-2003||NATO Speeches|
by Davíð Oddsson , Prime Minister of Iceland
Enlargement of the Alliance
NATO, the most successful alliance of all times, a fortress of peace and democracy for its members for half a century, has in recent years faced an unexpected question.
Have all its aims been achieved, has the final victory been won, is its
future forum a place of honour on the shelf of history? At this meeting
the question is answered decisively: All European nations that long for
peace and security and have made democracy the fundamental principle of
their form of government can rely on NATO to champion their cause in the
future. This answer is a great triumph for the ideals that the Alliance
is designed to defend.