Updated: 14-Aug-2002 January 2002

2 Jan. 2002
KFOR web site changes address

The KFOR Online web site has changed address. Originally available at: http://www.kforonline.com, it is now being hosted on the NATO web site at: http://www.nato.int/kfor/

9 Jan. 2002
NAC meets with Mediterranean Dialogue Partners at Ambassadorial level

The Ambassadors from the seven countries participating in NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue met with the North Atlantic Council (NAC) - NATO's top decision making body- on 9 January to discuss the outcome of last December's meetings of Foreign and Defence Ministers.

10 Jan. 2002
Lord Robertson meets with new EU presidency and OSCE chairmanship

Both the European Union and the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have changed presidency this month. On this occasion, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, travelled to Spain and Portugal on 10 January to meet with the new presidencies of the two organisations.

14 Jan. 2002
CCMS proposes study of new security threats

The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) met on 14 January at NATO HQ in Brussels. The main objectives of this meeting were to have an in-depth review of policy issues, identify new threats to security in the long term and propose ways of bringing Allied and Partner countries together to address these issues.

14 Jan. 2002
Radioactive contamination in Kazakhstan

A NATO "Science for Peace" study of the radioactive contamination at the former Soviet nuclear test site in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, was presented to a Technical Meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held in Vienna on 14-18 January.

15 Jan. 2002
Fourth NATO Symposium with Partners

"Making C3 Policies a Reality" was the theme of the fourth NATO Symposium with Partners, organised under the auspices of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Board (the C3 Board) at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, on 15-17 January 2002.

16 Jan. 2002
NATO provides additional support in fight against terrorism

Two additional E-3A Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems aircraft (AWACS) will be deployed by NATO in support of US homeland security. The decision was taken by NATO's top decision making body - the North Atlantic Council- on 16 January, following a request by the United States. The aircraft will join the five NATO AWACS conducting operations over the United States since 9 October 2001.

16 Jan. 2002
The democratisation process in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The High Representative of the International Community for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wolfgang Petritsch, came to NATO headquarters on 16 January amid speculations on the reduction of SFOR troops and discussions on a follow-on mission to the United Nations when its mandate to support the civil implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord runs out at the end of the year.

16 Jan. 2002
Expectations and prospects of PfP membership

"The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the Partnership for Peace: expectations and prospects", was the theme of a seminar held in Belgrade on 16-18 January 2002. It aimed to provide in-depth information on and dispel misperceptions related to NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and was attended by participants from Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), as well as academics, security experts and decision makers from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

17 Jan. 2002
Lord Robertson in Tirana

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, will be visiting Albania -one of the Partner countries applying for NATO membership- on 17 January.

21 Jan. 2002
Exercise Disciplined Warrior

A NATO exercise focusing on the improvement of crisis response capabilities is taking place in Madrid from 21 January to 1 February. The aim of this annual exercise is to integrate and improve the military capabilities of NATO's southern region to carry out these types of operations.

21 Jan. 2002
The future direction of the transatlantic link

"… NATO is the world's most effective military organisation. It will not be in the lead in every crisis. But it has a vital role -in my view the vital role- to play in multinational crisis prevention and crisis management". Lord Robertson was in Sälen, Sweden, on 21 January, giving a speech on NATO's transatlantic link.

21 Jan. 2002
Converting military bases in Ukraine

The former military airbase of Uzyn, south of Kyiv, is to be converted for civilian use, according to the Ukrainian authorities. A NATO group of experts, led by the NATO Economics Directorate, is working with the Ukrainian authorities to examine ways of developing the feasibility of a pilot project for Uzyn. This project is part of the NATO-Ukraine Work programme for 2002 and would use the expertise of NATO countries in this field.

28 Jan. 2002
Senior US official holds talks at NATO HQ on international terrorism

On 28 January, Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counter-terrorism of the State Department of the United States, came on his third visit to NATO HQ since the 11 September terrorist attacks against New York and Washington D.C. At a joint press point with Ambassador Taylor, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, stated that this had been an opportunity to receive a full briefing on the continuing progress of the campaign against terrorism, exchange information and assess the problems that remain to be addressed. In this context, the Secretary General also stressed that the modernisation of the armed forces of NATO member countries to meet new threats, such as terrorism, was ongoing and essential to the future credibility and relevance of the Alliance.

28 Jan. 2002
Joint NATO-Russia initiatives to combat terrorism

"Today, senior-level representatives of NATO Allies and Russia met again to take stock of their cooperative efforts and to reiterate their determination to intensify further their common struggle against the terrorist threat." NATO Allies and the Federation of Russia reiterated their commitment to strengthen their cooperation in combating terrorism in a press statement that was released after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council on 28 January.

28 Jan. 2002
NATO-Russia collaboration in science and technology

More than 30 experts from NATO member states and Russia attended a workshop in Moscow between 28 January and 1 February to discuss ways of protecting both natural and man-made structures from disasters in the face of technological advances and climate change.

28 Jan. 2002
Anthrax "lessons-learned" workshop

A workshop examining the practical lessons learned in the wake of this autumn's anthrax crisis took place in Ahrweiler, Germany, between 28 and 30 January under the auspices of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

28 Jan. 2002
Unified Odyssey 2002

A annual training exercise, involving Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, took place near the Portuguese island of Porto Santo (Madeira Archipelago), from 28 January to 8 February. The aim of Unified Odyssey 2002 was for a NATO Maritime Immediate Reaction Force to conduct a small-scale crisis response operation, while providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

31 Jan. 2002
Crisis management exercise at NATO HQ

On 31 January, NATO is starting its annual crisis management exercise at its political headquarters in Brussels. The aim of the exercise is to practice existing procedures and test new crisis response systems that are currently being developed. The hypothetical scenario combines both an Article 5 (collective defence) and a humanitarian crisis situation.

31 Jan. 2002
Lord Robertson visits the United States

NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson spent 31 January and 1 February in the United States. During his visit, he met with US Secretary of State Colin Powell, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and leading senators. He also gave a speech to The Pilgrims Society of the United States and participated in the World Economic Forum which exceptionally took place in New York this year.

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