Updated: 21-Nov-2001 Week of 5-11 May 1999

5 May 1999

Allies are united in their resolve to pursue their goals in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). NATO's military actions will continue until there is a clear indication that President Milosevic agrees to all 5 conditions set out at the Washington Summit. The G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia), which was held in Bonn on 6 May, agreed a set of principles which reflect NATO's conditions.
As stated by the Secretary General, NATO deeply regrets the unintentional targetting of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.

NATO forces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Yugoslavia (FYROM) (1) and Albania continue their substantial support of humanitarian operations in close coordination with the governments of these countries and the UNHCR.

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1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name

6 May 1999
New chairman of the Military Committee

Admiral Guido Venturoni, from the Italian Navy, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Military Committee, replacing General Klaus Naumann who has now completed his three-year term. The hand-over ceremony took place on 6 May at NATO headquarters.

Admiral Guido Venturoni will chair the Military Committee (MC) which gives advice and direction to the North Atlantic Council on military policy and strategy. All members of the Alliance are represented at the MC which meets on a weekly basis, or more frequently if necessary, and at Chief of Defence Staff level three times a year.

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7 May 1999
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships Programme

On 7 May, NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, gave a speech at the Arthur F. Burns Annual Dinner held in Berlin. The Arthur F. Burns Fellowships Programme is an exchange programme between American and German journalists. It was set up in 1988 in order to develop a better understanding and knowledge of transatlantic relations between members of the media in the USA and Germany. The organisation is named after the late US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

In his speech, the Secretary General emphasised the need for an extended Atlantic community in the changed security environment of the 90s.

"This community has always stood for much more than mutual protection. It stood for a practical model of how democratic nations should cooperate. And it stood for a distinct vision of how a unifying Europe could escape its troubled past for good. […]

Today, the Atlantic community stands as a unique community of shared values and interests. Its first 50 years, Act One, were characterised by the Cold War, and then by the struggle to wind it down peacefully. This has largely been achieved. The Washington Summit raised the curtain to the Second Act of our transatlantic community, a mature transatlantic partnership that reaches out across the old faultlines of confrontation. Today I can say with confidence: the Alliance is ready to face the 21st century."

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10 May 1999
European Defence and Foreign Ministers agree to work for a common defence capability to tackle crises such as the conflict in the Balkans.