Updated: 14-Aug-2002 March 2002

1 March 2002
NATO's two strategic commands conduct exercise "Strong Resolve"

A major military exercise called "Strong Resolve 2002" will take place in Norway and Poland from 1 to 15 March. It will test NATO's ability to conduct two simultaneous operations: a NATO Article 5 collective defence operation and a crisis response operation. It will involve naval, ground and air forces from the Alliance's two strategic commands: the Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces Europe (SHAPE) and the Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (HQ SACLANT).

1 March 2002
Ukrainian Prime Minister visits NATO

Ukrainian Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh met with NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson and NATO Ambassadors in the course of a 1 March visit to NATO headquarters.

4 Mar. 2002
Lord Robertson visits Berlin

NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson visited Berlin, Germany, on 4 March to speak at both the opening ceremony of the new Potsdam Center for Transatlantic Security and Military Affairs and a conference on NATO-Ukraine relations organised by the Aspen Institute.

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.

6 Mar. 2002
Amnesty law brings hope to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

A focal point of Lord Robertson's, meetings with the top government officials of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), President Trajkovski (photo top left) on 6 March and Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski (photo bottom right) on 11 March, was the country's decision to pass an amnesty law. Lord Robertson said that while "an amnesty law is never something easy after a time of conflict, it is an essential part of any healing and confidence-building process and a huge milestone in the peace process for Macedonia". The amnesty law will cover criminal acts related to the 2001 conflict, including high treason, mutiny, armed rebellion and conspiracy against the state, but exclude those crimes currently under the jurisdiction of the UN War Crimes Tribunal.

7 Mar. 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.

7 Mar. 2002
"The world after September 11"

An international conference on "The world after September 11: lessons learned", was held in Monaco, on 7-9 March. It looked into ways in which the events of 11 September changed the ordering of the international system, the challenges posed by terrorism and the role of Alliances, including NATO, in shaping the new security architecture of the world.

11 Mar. 2002
New head of UN Administration in Kosovo visits NATO

The new head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Michael Steiner, met with NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, at NATO HQ on 11 March. Their discussions centred on ways in which NATO and UNMIK can continue to cooperate to make the new interim administration work effectively, in the interests of the people of Kosovo. Lord Robertson pledged NATO support for a "relentless attack" on organised crime in the region, in cooperation with UNMIK, and a "strong and robust military posture appropriate to the sense of stability" in Kosovo.

12 Mar. 2002
Lord Robertson visits Paris

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, was in Paris on 12 March for talks with French Defence Minister Alain Richard. Among the issues discussed were international efforts to fight terrorism, NATO enlargement, NATO-Russia relations, the situation in the Balkans and France's contribution to NATO-led operations in the region.

13 Mar. 2002
First visit of Bosnian Tri-Presidency to NATO HQ

On 13 March, the Tri-Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina came to NATO HQ. Mr Beriz Belkic, the Chairman of the Presidency, Mr Jozo Krizanovic and Mr Zivko Radisic met NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson and the Alliance's most important decision making body - the North Atlantic Council.

14 Mar. 2002
Visit of NATO's Military Committee to Sarajevo

The members of NATO's Military Committee went to Sarajevo to visit the Headquarters of the Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 14-15 March. The trip was part of the committee's annual visit schedule designed to enable its members to meet NATO representatives in the field and receive detailed briefings on SFOR's day-to-day activities, as well as its wider agenda.

15 Mar. 2002
Transfer of authority in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

Since 15 March, Lieutenant General Francisco Jose Gomez Carretero (bottom right on photo) has temporarily assumed the duties of Major General Gunnar Lange (top left on photo) in Skopje, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). Lt Gen Carretero will perform these duties until there is formal approval of a replacement for Maj. Gen. Lange, in accordance with established NATO practice and procedures.

16 Mar. 2002
INTEX 2002 in Bulgaria

The annual one-day exercise, INTEX 2002, of the NATO Group Experts on Warning and Detection Systems (GOEWDS) took place in Bulgaria on 16 March. Its aim was to practice communications and procedures for the international exchange of information on detection and monitoring of radiation releases threatening populations.

18 Mar. 2002
Geilenkirchen and Operation Eagle Assist

Crews returning from a regular rotation from Operation Eagle Assist were greeted by NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, who was visiting the Geilenkirchen AWACS Air Base in Germany on 18 March.

18 Mar. 2002
Visit of President Shevardnadze

During his three-day visit to Brussels, the President of Georgia, Mr Eduard Shevardnadze, met with Lord Robertson on 18 March. Their discussions mainly focused on the role of the Caucasus in the campaign against terrorism, Georgia's partnership with NATO and, in particular, NATO's assistance in helping Georgia modernise and reshape its armed forces.

18 Mar. 2002
Civil emergency courses in Partner countries

A seminar on "Communications in national emergencies" has taken place in Estonia, 18-20 March. During their briefings, emergency responders identified communication problems which have been encountered during real time crisis and the communicators offered solutions using, inter alia, telephone systems, the postal service and the internet. The seminar also included a live exercise on ice in which the Estonian Rescue Board demonstrated communication solutions and command and control from an emergency centre.

18 Mar. 2002
NATO course with Partners in Oberammergau

Protecting populations against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, as well as experience gained in Kosovo, were just some of the issues discussed at a Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) course held at the NATO School (SHAPE) in Oberammergau, Germany, 18-22 March.

20 Mar. 2002
Visit of Members of the Joint Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information to NATO Headquarters

For the first time ever, an Israeli and Palestinian group visited NATO HQ on 20 March. Representatives of the Joint Israeli-Palestine Center for Research and Information met with NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson and participated in a briefing programme on the Alliance's current policies and objectives, as well as its Mediterranean Dialogue.

20 Mar. 2002
The upcoming Prague Summit

With NATO's upcoming Summit approaching rapidly, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, travelled to the host city of Prague on 20-21 March to meet with President Vaclav Havel, Prime Minister Milos Zeman and other high-level politicians.

20 Mar. 2002
Opening of an information, consultation and training centre in Moscow

A contract between NATO and the Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) was signed in Moscow on 20 March 2002 for the opening of a NATO-Russia "Information, Consultation and Training Centre". This centre will soon be opened by the Ministry of Defence in Moscow and will deal with the resettlement of military personnel due for discharge or already discharged from the armed forces of the Russian Federation. NATO, which is funding the project, was represented at the signing ceremony by the NATO Economics Committee Chairman, Mr Patrick Hardouin.

21 Mar. 2002
Meeting of the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society

During a two-day meeting of the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS), a fruitful exchange of information took place on current pilot studies, short-term projects and workshops on the following themes: regional cooperation, the reduction of the environmental impact of military activities and the identification of new threats to security. A new CCMS pilot study on "Effective Risk Response Strategies" was also launched.

21-23 March 2002
Conference on stability in the Mediterranean

"Governing stability across the Mediterranean Sea: a transatlantic perspective" was the theme of a conference held in Rome on 21-23 March. It examined ways of developing cooperation, mutual understanding and confidence-building measures between NATO and Mediterranean Dialogue countries, as well as other neighbouring countries, and addressed ways of strengthening transatlantic cohesion in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks. A paper produced by the organiser of the conference, the Istituto Affari Internazionali, discussed the way forward for NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue in preparation for the Prague Summit in November 2002.

22 Mar. 2002
Lord Robertson attends EU Defence Ministers' meeting

Lord Robertson was invited to the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Saragoza on 22-23 March to discuss current issues, such as terrorism and Europe's military capabilities. They also discussed the proposal of EU Heads of State and Government at their Summit meeting in Barcelona on 15-16 March, to take over from NATO's Task Force Fox in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1), after elections in the country and as soon as a "permanent arrangement with NATO" on modalities for cooperation have been reached.

25 Mar. 2002
Social and psychological consequences of terrorism

Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September, chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) terrorism is a threat that preoccupies governments and populations to an even greater extent. A NATO-Russia workshop was held from 25-27 March to study the Social and Psychological Consequences of such attacks. It was held at NATO HQ and organised by NATO and Russia as a follow-up activity to discussions between President Vladimir Putin and Secretary General Lord Robertson in October 2001.

26 Mar. 2002
Restructuring the armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the main issues raised during the visit of the Tri-Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO HQ on 13 March 2002 was the restructuring of the country's armed forces. NATO's Stabilisation Force (SFOR) has been assisting the country's Standing Committee on Military Matters (SCMM) in this matter since May 2000 when the Peace Implementation Council (PIC) in Ministerial Session requested NATO's assistance.

27 Mar. 2002
Richard Armitage at NATO HQ

US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard L. Armitage, came to NATO HQ on 27 March to brief the North Atlantic Council - NATO's most important decision making body- on a number of pressing issues.


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