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."