Updated: 22-Nov-2001 Week of 3-9 November 1999

3 Nov. 1999
KFOR update

Helping the civilian population in Kosovo prepare for Winter remains a priority for KFOR as they continue to provide support, in co-ordination with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), with the movement of suitable material. For example, the Force Support Brigade has been participating in exercise "Shelter Express" by providing transportation and logistical support, including the delivery of some 400 shelter kits to regional UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warehouses.

Additionally, the regional Multi National Brigades (MNBs) continue with deliveries of humanitarian aid and winterisation support to villages within their areas of responsibility. For instance, MNB (East) delivered stoves to schools in Silovo and Gornja Makres, and extra stovepipes to the school in Pones. MNB (West) distributed shoes and clothes to 48 Serb families of Gorazdevac, and MNB (South) distributed clothes, toys and baby food in Goruzup.

3 Nov. 1999
NATO-Russia meeting

The Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) meets in plenary session twice a year (in the Spring and Autumn) and is tasked with identifying collaborative opportunities for research, development and production of military equipment and weapons systems.

The Autumn meeting took place this week on 3 and 4 November. The first session focused on matters of Allied interest only and received input from CNAD subgroups such as the Main Armaments Groups, the NATO Industrial Advisory Group and ad hoc working groups. The second session, held on 4 November, was open to Allied and Partner countries with the aim of developing NATO-Partner dialogue on the cooperative development and implementation of interoperable armaments and the pursuit of harmonised acquisition policies and practices.

Governmental defence procurement officials, as well as Delegation Representatives of the National Armaments Directors (NADReps), NATO's International Staff (IS) and International Military Staff (IMS) attended the meeting.

3 Nov. 1999
The Economic Colloquium

The annual meeting of the Economic Colloquium took place at NATO HQ from 3 to 5 November. This year, it focused on the relationship between transition from a state-run economy to a market economy, security and social stability in Partner countries. The Economic Colloquium was first initiated in 1971 and has been held on a regular basis ever since.

A total of 5 panels had been organised this year focusing on South-eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus, and a concluding panel assessed the issues raised during the whole colloquium. Participants from 31 NATO and Partner countries attended, bringing together academics, representatives from governments, non-governmental organisations, the European Union, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the business sector. The conference proceedings will be published shortly. Papers from previous conferences are available on the NATO web site.

3 Nov. 1999
NATO announces the appointment of General Joseph W. Ralston, U.S. Air Force, to succeed General Wesley K. Clark as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).
4 Nov. 1999
The Council of Europe holds an emergency debate to discuss the Russian offensive in Chechnya.
4 Nov. 1999
Lord Robertson visits Allied Capitals
This week, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, continued his tour of NATO member countries by meeting Heads of State and Government and high-level government officials from France, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland.

He went to Paris on 4 November where he also made a speech at the Institut français des Relations Internationales. He then went on to Portugal on 5 November, Germany on 9 and 10 and, from 10 to 12, he visited Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland. This tour will contribute to the preparations for the Defence and Foreign Ministerial meetings scheduled early December 1999.

Additional information:

  • NATO Speeches: "Security and Interdependence" - Speech by Lord Robertson, NATO Secretary General to the French Institute For International Relations (IFRI)
8 Nov. 1999
Coping with Flash Floods

One by-product of urbanisation is an increase in vulnerability to flash flooding. Since 1992, numerous people have been killed in serious flash floods in Europe and the United States. At a NATO Advanced Study Institute held in Italy from 8 to 17 November, hydrologists, meteorologists, engineers, geographers, social scientists, emergency managers and other experts from NATO and Partner countries came together to address the challenging issues involved in reducing flash flood vulnerability, and ways to learn from and apply current scientific and technological advancements.
9 Nov. 1999
Unveiling of Commemorative Stone

"NATO 1949-1999: In commemoration of all those who served in the cause of peace and freedom", reads the inscription on NATO's Commemorative Stone unveiled during a ceremony at NATO HQ on 9 November, on the occasion of NATO's 50th Anniversary. The ceremony was attended by the Secretary General, Lord Robertson, the Chairman of the Military Committee, Admiral Venturoni, and other high-level military and civilian officials. The event, sponsored by the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority, paid tribute to all military and civilian personnel who serve or have served the NATO Alliance.

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9 Nov. 1999
Military Committee discusses current issues

Chiefs of Staff from NATO member countries gathered in Brussels for a 2-day meeting of the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority, from 9 to 10 November. On 9 November, they discussed operations in the Balkans, namely the reduction of peacekeeping troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) and the situation in Kosovo. They also covered follow-on action stemming from the Washington Summit in areas such as the Defence Capabilities Initiative and the Alliance's revised Strategic Concept.

NATO Chiefs of Staff then met with their counter-parts from Ukraine in the afternoon of 9 November, and with other partner countries at the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Military Committee on 10 November.

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