High-level US official
at NATO HQ
The Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, Mr Richard
L. Armitage, came to NATO HQ on 20 September to brief the
Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and the North Atlantic
Council on information acquired up to now by the United
States authorities on the terrorist attacks of 11 September.
At a joint press event with Lord Robertson, Mr Armitage
declared that President Bush was putting together a grand
coalition in preparation for a sustained campaign against
This, he added, would be a global war on terrorism that
would not only be aimed against terrorists and their infrastructure
in Afghanistan. Lord Robertson reiterated the Alliance's
solidarity with the United States and its determination
to collectively contribute, with other members of the international
community, in fighting terrorism.
The Deputy Secretary of State expressed his condolences to the citizens
from NATO member countries who had been victims of last week's terrorist
attacks in New York and Washington. He also thanked the Alliance for the
rapid invocation of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.
Speech: Press Availability by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson
and U.S. Secretary of State Armitage - 20 September 2001
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