Updated: 14-Aug-2002 April 2002

1 Apr. 2002
War crimes' suspect arrested

Soldiers in the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) arrested a war crimes suspect in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, on 1 April, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson warned other fugitives that they faced a similar fate.

1 Apr. 2002
NATO Standardisation Agency questionnaire

As part of NATO's continuing efforts to improve the ability of Alliance military forces to work together, the NATO Standardisation Agency (NSA) has developed a web based questionnaire that is designed to assist in determining the possible need and nature of a training programme for those involved in NATO standardisation.

5 Apr. 2002
Retraining of redundant military officers in Croatia

NATO has decided (5 April) to support a comprehensive programme set up by the Croatian government to retrain redundant military officers, as part of defence reforms being introduced in the country. The Croatian Separated Personnel Care and Transition Programme (SPECTRA) aims to provide support to all groups concerned, whether it is to develop individual transition plans, train personnel to face the job market or create sources of pre-identified jobs in the private sector or in other governmental agencies.

5 Apr. 2002
Change of command for naval force in Eastern Mediterranean

STANAVFORLANT, NATO's Standing Naval Force Atlantic, has been deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean since October 2001, in support of Operation Active Endeavour, as one of NATO's actions in the international campaign against terrorism. On 5 April, a change of command ceremony took place: Commodore Fernando Jose Ribiero de Melo Gomes (Portugal), commander of this naval squadron since end March 2001, was succeeded by Rear Admiral Manuel Otero Peñuelas (Spain).

9 Apr. 2002
Lord Robertson in Washington D.C

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, has held a series of high-level meetings in Washington D.C., 9-10 April. He met with President George Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, National Security Advisor Dr Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Under Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Marc Grossman and other members of the US Administration involved in defence issues, as well as members of Congress.

10-12 Apr. 2002
Biannual civil emergency planning meeting

Heads of civil emergency planning and civil protection agencies from NATO and Partner countries will be meeting at NATO HQ, Brussels on 10-12 April. During this biannual meeting of NATO's Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (in plenary session), participants will discuss ways to improve preparedness against possible chemical, biological and radiological attacks against civilian populations, as well as other issues related to co-operation in the field of civil emergency planning. In particular, representatives will focus on the implementation of concrete measures identified last November in the Civil Emergency Planning Action Plan. The World Health Organisation will also contribute to the proceedings.

12-13 Apr. 2002
NATO security seminar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A high-level seminar on "Partnership for Peace - Cooperation for Security" was held in Sarajevo on 12-13 April. Participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the President of the Presidency, Beriz Belkic, were able to share their security concerns with NATO representatives, but more importantly to benefit from Hungary's experience of Partnership for Peace and NATO membership through presentations given by Hungarian security experts and by the Under Secretary of State from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Csaba Korösi, on defence reform and lessons learned.

15 Apr. 2002
Working towards a new mechanism for NATO-Russia cooperation

"The 20 countries will sit around a table as equals discussing subjects we have identified and where we see the prospect of joint decisions and joint action", explained NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson at a joint press point with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Igor Ivanov. The Russian Foreign Minister was at NATO HQ on 15 April to pursue discussions with Lord Robertson on the creation of a new mechanism for NATO-Russia cooperation.

15 Apr. 2002
Discussion on the Prague Summit agenda

The US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman, after meeting with Lord Robertson last week in Washington D.C., came to NATO HQ to continue discussions on the agenda of the Prague Summit.

15 Apr. 2002
Exercise Bright Eye

A Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise has started in NATO's Northern region to test and further develop procedures and facilities for the command, control and coordination of SAR resources. Exercise Bright Eye 2002 started on 15 April and will last until 24 May.

15 -26 Apr. 2002
Exercise Cooperative Lantern 2002

A Partnership for Peace exercise, Cooperative Lantern 2002 (Cola 02), is taking place in the Netherlands, 15-26 April. It is practising crisis response operation procedures in a multinational environment, with the participation of civil as well as military organisations. Its main objectives are therefore to enhance military interoperability by making units from different countries work together and practise interacting with civil agencies such as the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.

15 -17 Apr. 2002
ATA delegation in Moscow

A delegation of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) headed by Mr Alan Lee Williams, Chairman, travelled to Moscow, 15-17 April, to meet Russian officials and participate in a seminar on "NATO and Russia - building true partnership".

16 Apr. 2002
National Armaments Directors hold biannual meeting

Defence capabilities and means of fighting terrorism dominated the biannual meeting of the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), 16 April. Defence capabilities and their enhancement, for which the CNAD has a lead role, and the availability of different types of technologies to fight international terrorism were examined, including technologies which could be of immediate use for action and those that could be adapted in the short term, as well as further measures that needed to be developed.

17 Apr. 2002
Lord Robertson in Athens

NATO-Russia cooperation, Greece's role in the Balkans and, in particular, the European Union's European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and NATO-EU relations were at the top of Lord Robertson's agenda during his visit to Athens on 17 April. He met Prime Minister Simitis and the main opposition party leader (New Democracy), Mr Konstantine Karamanlis, with whom he held bilateral meetings.

Regarding developments in a defence role for the European Union and, more specifically, the Ankara Document which has not been accepted by Greece, Lord Robertson said: "I recognise that for the moment there are Greek reluctances that we should address. On the other hand, I recognise that there is a will to find a solution."

17 Apr. 2002
Ceremony at NATO command near Madrid

A Foundation Stone ceremony was held at the NATO Joint Sub-Regional Command South West, in Pozuelo de Alarcón near Madrid on 17 April, marking the establishment of new facilities for this headquarters in Spain.

18- 19 Apr. 2002
NATO reasserts its commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and NATO's 19 Permanent Representatives on the North Atlantic Council travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 18-19 April, to reiterate NATO's commitment to a safe and secure environment in the country. During the trip, Lord Robertson announced that NATO will be reducing SFOR troop levels this year, but stated that "We came to assure people that NATO is not going away and we will remain in sufficient numbers and with sufficient strength to do the job we set out to do".

20- 26 Apr. 2002
Cooperative Nugget 2002

Phase 1 of a NATO Partnership for Peace military exercise, Cooperative Nugget 2002, has started in Sweden, 20-26 April. It consists of a workshop on NATO's operational planning process and involves military personnel from five NATO countries and 13 partner countries. This part of the exercise is being hosted by the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre/Partnership for Peace Training Centre in Almnas. Phase 2 will take place at Fort Drum Army Base in Watertown, New York from 19-27 June and will involve two other sites: one for the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Commander Response Cell in Lisbon, Portugal, and the other for a Battalion Response Cell in Enkoping, Sweden.

25 April 2002
Medal ceremony for service in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

Lord Robertson awarded NATO medals to personnel from the Alliance who took part in operations in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1). In his remarks, the Secretary General said the recipients had all played a valuable role in an "historic" operation that successfully prevented a civil conflict.

22-24 April 2002
NATO-Russia workshop on decommissioning nuclear-powered vessels

A workshop dealing with "Unresolved Issues Remaining in the Decommissioning of Nuclear Powered Vessels" took place in Moscow from 22-24 April, and was attended by high-level officials, including Mr. V. Lebedev, Secretary of State and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Atomic Energy of Russia.

29-30 April 2002
Conference on security in the Mediterranean

On 29-30 April, a high-level conference was held at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London, on "NATO and Mediterranean Security". Lord Robertson gave the keynote address, entitled "NATO and the Mediterranean - Moving from dialogue to partnership", in which he outlined how security in the Mediterranean is linked to that of Europe and the need for NATO to enhance its relationship with countries in the region.

29 April -
3 May 2002
Exercise Ample Train 2002

A multinational aircraft cross-servicing exercise is taking place in NATO's northern region, at Air Station Aalborg, Denmark, 29 April to 3 May. Exercise Ample Train 2002 aims to improve the ability of air force logistics personnel to work on and with each other's aircraft, therefore improving interoperability. It will involve training ground crew personnel in tasks such as refuelling, safety checks and ensuring weapon safety of armed aircraft, outside the context and pressures of a live flying exercise.

30 April 2002
Statement by the Secretary General on the conclusion of Operation Eagle Assist

On the basis of material upgrades to the US air defence posture and enhanced cooperation between civil and military authorities, and following a recent US evaluation of homeland security requirements, the North Atlantic Council today agreed to terminate Operation Eagle Assist effective 16 May 2002.

This decision concludes NATO's historic first deployment of assets in direct support of operations in the continental United States. It also reflects the North Atlantic Council's great satisfaction with the significant contribution to counter-terrorism efforts that the Allied Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft have made.

30 April 2002
NATO-EU talks on security cooperation

"These two organisations, which were once said to inhabit the same city but different planets are now working closely together in the interest of peace and stability in Europe" stated Lord Robertson at a joint press conference with the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, and the Chairman of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union, Ambassador Casajuna on 30 April.

30 April 2002
Maritime Environmental Protection Strategy

In an active programme pursuing Maritime Environmental Protection, one of NATO's Special Working Groups has developed a common vision and a technical programme to respond to the obligation for naval ships to be increasingly compliant with stringent national and international environmental regulations. An objective for the group is to be a leader in this field, so that navies are at the forefront in the battle against pollution.


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