Updated: 21-Nov-2001 Week of 2-8 June 1999

2 June 1999
Manfred Wörner Memorial Lecture

NATO Secretary General (1988-1994),
Manfred Wörner

NATO Secretary General, Dr Javier Solana, gave the first Manfred Wörner Memorial Lecture, at the closing of the Young Leaders Conference on "Perspectives for the Alliance as a Community of Values". The NATO-sponsored conference, organised in Berlin by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, discussed the role and the limitations of the new NATO in today's global society.

During his speech, Dr Javier Solana explained that democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law were the guiding values of the Alliance in 1949 and remain so today. "Upholding values must not become a crusade. We do not claim that all our values are universal", he stated, adding: "If our transatlantic community can master the Kosovo challenge we will have demonstrated that in our community values have a meaning".

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4 June 1999

NATO Secretary General, Javier Solana, is appointed to the new post of EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: Statement by the Secretary General of NATO Dr. Javier Solana
7 June 1999
Suspected war criminal detained in BiH

On 7 June, NATO's Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) detained a suspected war criminal named Dragan Kulundzija. He is alleged to have wilfully committed inhumane offences against detainees in the Keraterm Concentration Camp near Prijedor. Procedures are now being put in place for Kulundzija to be sent before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

7 June 1999
Evaluation of radioactive contamination

A workshop on "Radioecological Investigations of Nuclear Test Sites" took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 7-10 June. It was held to evaluate existing scientific methods for measuring the extent of radioactive contamination and to discuss if there were more effective alternatives.

Over 400 nuclear explosions were produced during nuclear tests in Kazakhstan in past years. Now that the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site is no longer in use, large-scale investigations of its territory have begun.

Sponsored by the NATO Science Programme, the workshop participants included experts from the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, as well as from Russia, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the United States, Norway, Hungary, and Kazakhstan.

8 June 1999

The Alliance welcomes the agreement announced on 8 June at the G8 Foreign Ministers' conference on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Kosovo that, among other things, provides for an international security presence in Kosovo, with substantial NATO participation and under unified command.
The requirement for the withdrawal of Serb forces from Kosovo is non-negotiable, and until its verifiable and credible implementation has begun, the Alliance will continue to keep up pressure on Milosevic's regime by continuing its air campaign.

In this context, NATO looks for early agreement in the Military to Military talks between Lt.-General Sir Michael Jackson (photo), Commander of NATO's Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (COMARRC) and Yugoslav senior military officers responsible for Serb forces in Kosovo on a Military Technical Agreement (MTA).

Meanwhile, KFOR is building up its forces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). 18 countries, including 13 Partners, have expressed their interest in participating with force contributions. The total of ground forces committed so far is approximately 48,000.

The Alliance is working closely with other international organisations to develop plans for the immediate problems anticipated with returning refugees and also for the long-term future of the region as a whole.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: Press Conference given by the German Foreign Minister, Mr Joschka Fischer and G8 Foreign Ministers in Cologne

  • High resolution photos of the visit to NATO by US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, after the G8 meeting in Cologne

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