Updated: 13-Mar-2002 Week of 4-10 March 2002

6 Mar. 2002

Lord Robertson unveils commemorative picture

NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson unveiled a picture commemorating the terrorist attacks against the United States of 11 September by the British artist Ashley Jackson at NATO headquarters on 6 March.

The picture, which was donated to NATO by the renowned painter, is a drawing of Manhattan on that fateful day with flames billowing out of the World Trade Center's twin towers. It will be hung at the entrance to the room in which the North Atlantic Council met on the evening of 11 September and is meant as a reminder of the mission entrusted to NATO when the North Atlantic Treaty was signed: to defend the common values uniting the Alliance and forming the foundation of our societies against external aggression.

"The unveiling of Ashley Jackson's painting is a solemn commitment we shall never forget. All those who seek to attack the freedoms and values we cherish will find us blocking in their way," Lord Robertson said.

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