Updated: 11-Jan-2002 Week of 10-16 September 2001

10-21 Sep 2001
Exercise Cooperative Best Effort 2001

From 10 to 21 September, the latest in an annual series of military exercises being held within the framework of the Partnership for Peace programme, Exercise Cooperative Best Effort, is taking place in Austria. This exercise is training participants from 7 NATO and 13 Partner countries in various peace support operation skills.

11-21 Sep 2001
Exercise Cooperative Key 2001

A military exercise in peace support operations is taking place in Bulgaria, 11-21 September, as scheduled. The scenario is based on a NATO response to a UN request to deploy a multinational task force in support of humanitarian operations.


11 Sep 2001
A moment of great tragedy and mourning

The North Atlantic Council has expressed its deepest sympathy and solidarity to the United States and resolutely condemned the barbaric terrorist acts committed against the American people in New York and Washington D.C. on 11 September. At a special meeting on the evening of 11 September, the NATO allies declared that the United States can rely on their support and assistance. NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson condemned the attacks "in the strongest possible terms" and firmly underlined "the need for the international community and the members of the Alliance to unite their forces in fighting the scourge of terrorism".

11 Sep 2001
Military Committee puts an end to tour

As soon as the violent terrorist attacks were perpetrated against the United States, 11 September, the Military Committee -NATO's highest military authority- put an end to a three-day tour to Italy and Hungary, planned from 10 to 12 September.

12 Sep 2001
NATO reaffirms Treaty commitments in dealing with terrorist attacks against the US

"If it is determined that this attack was directed from abroad against the United States, it shall be regarded as an action covered by Article 5 of the Washington Treaty," stated NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, after a meeting of the North Atlantic Council on the evening of 12 September.

Article 5 of the Washington Treaty stipulates that an armed attack against one or several members shall be considered as an attack against all. Lord Robertson will now officially inform the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, that the North Atlantic Council has agreed this statement.

13 Sep 2001
NATO and Russia united in resolve against scourge of terrorism

NATO member countries and Russia strongly reiterated their anger and indignation at the brutal acts committed against New York and Washington D.C. during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council (PJC), 13 September.

13 Sep 2001
Operation Essential Harvest continues

Since the 6 September decision by the parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) to proceed with constitutional reforms, Operation Essential Harvest has resumed. As established at the beginning of the operation, NATO forces are continuing to collect, transport and destruct weapons and ammunition from different sites in the country.

14 Sep 2001
Three minutes of silence

At 12 noon, staff at NATO headquarters in Brussels joined millions of people across the European continent in observing three minutes of silence in respect of the victims and bereaved of the 11 September attacks, a show of solidarity toward the American people that expresses the indignation and devastation of the international community as a whole.

14 Sep 2001
Special NATO-Ukraine meeting

At a special meeting on 14 September, the NATO-Ukraine Commission extended its deepest condolences to the families and victims of the brutal acts of terrorism committed against the United States, 11 September. It qualified these attacks as "unprecedented in scale and horror", adding that they were "directed against the very foundation of democracy and freedom throughout the world".

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