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|Updated: 13-Mar-2002||Week of 4-10 March 2002|
Lessons from the Cold War
The Dutch Group of the Liberal International invited Lord Robertson to give a speech at its meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands on 7 March. This group, which brings together Liberal parties in Europe, had also invited Dutch government officials such as the Foreign Minister, Jozias van Aartsen.
The Secretary General spoke about "NATO and the challenge
of terrorism: reflections on the way forward". In his
speech, he underlined the difficulties of adapting to new situations,
drawing on the experience of the Cold War: "The Cold
War is dead and gone. But the lessons it offers should not be
forgotten: to remain united, to stick to our values, and to
maintain the military means to defend these values -- these
lessons are timeless".