Updated: 14-Aug-2002 June 2002

3 June 2002
NATO course in Bled, Slovenia

A civil emergency planning (CEP) and civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) course is being held near Bled in Slovenia, 3-7 June. Conducted at the Defence Training Centre Poljce, it aims to introduce participants to organisational and functional aspects of CEP and CIMIC principles and procedures.

4 June 2002
 Reinforcing cooperation with Skopje

A team from NATO HQ travelled to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) on 4-7 June to look into ways of enhancing the country's cooperation with the Alliance in the context of the Partnership for Peace. They met with representatives of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior to examine a series of problems, including unexploded conventional and potential chemical munitions. In addition, ammunition management and the destruction of anti-personnel mine stockpiles were also discussed.

5 June 2002
NATO organises "Industry Day" on transport issues

Transportation and, more specifically, information related to containers, ports and railroad transport were at the heart of the first "Industry Day" to be initiated by the NATO Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport. On 5 June, 79 participants from NATO, Partner and Mediterranean Dialogue countries gathered in York, United Kingdom, to be briefed by industrialists on transport issues.

6-7 June 2002
Meetings of NATO Defence Ministers

Following the meetings of Foreign Ministers in Reykjavik, 14-15 May, and the Rome Summit, 28 May, Defence Ministers from NATO and Partner countries are meeting at NATO HQ on 6-7 June. NATO Defence Ministers will first meet on 6 June, within the Defence Planning Group, the Nuclear Planning Group and the North Atlantic Council (NAC-D). These meetings will be followed by a first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of Defence Ministers and on 7 June, by meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.

10 June 2002
Exercise Clean Hunter 2002

An annual live air exercise, Clean Hunter 2002, started on 10 June and is to finish on 21 June. It is being held in an area stretching from Southern Germany to mid-Norway and from the United Kingdom to mid-Poland. It also extends across Northern France and involves participants from 12 NATO member countries.

10 June 2002
Deepening relations with Mediterranean Dialogue countries

The sixth annual round of political consultations with Mediterranean Dialogue countries is taking place between 10 June and 18 July. Each of the seven participating countries in NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia) is meeting with the Alliance's most important decision-making body - the North Atlantic Council.

11 June 2002
Visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan held bilateral meetings with Lord Robertson on 11 June, during what was his second visit to NATO HQ in the past three years. They exchanged views on NATO's current agenda and discussed Jordan's participation in the Mediterranean Dialogue.

12 June 2002
Conference on conflict prevention and terrorism

Lord Robertson was invited to a conference on "Conflict Prevention and Combating Terrorism" organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Lisbon on 12 June. The conference was divided into two main sessions: one focusing on the role of international and regional organisations and the other on combating terrorism.

13 June 2002
Statement by the Secretary General of NATO on SFOR's Detention of Indicted War Criminal Darko Mrda

Today, 13 June 2002, SFOR detained Darko Mrda, who was under indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia for war crimes. Mr. Mrda was detained in Prijedor in northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina and is being transferred to The Hague. There were no casualties sustained in this operation by SFOR, Mr. Mrda or anyone in the surrounding area.

13 June 2002
International conference on terrorism

Lord Robertson, went on a two-day visit to Vienna, Austria, 13-14 June to meet high-level government officials and participate in a conference on "International security and the fight against terrorism".

16 June 2002
ATA mission to Ukraine

Several representatives from the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) travelled to Ukraine on 16-19 June following an invitation from the Atlantic Council of Ukraine. The aim of the trip was to discuss ways to enhance the activities of the Atlantic Council of Ukraine and to assess Ukrainian public opinion towards NATO.

17 June 2002
Lord Robertson and the NAC visit the United States

From 17 to 21 June, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson and members of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), were on an official visit to the United States, where they first participated in the annual seminar organised by the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT), before travelling to Washington D.C. In the capital, the NAC met senior Administration officials and Congressional figures. The Secretary General participated in a roundtable organised by the New Atlantic Initiative that comes under the aegis of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington-based think-tank. He delivered a speech on "Tackling Terror: NATO's New Mission"

17 June 2002
Exercise Cooperative Best Effort 2002

A NATO peace support exercise is currently taking place in T'bilisi, Georgia, 17- 28 June. Personnel from six NATO and ten Partner countries are training to improve interoperability and effectiveness in the field, while learning light infantry skills from each other and exchanging basic knowledge on the conduct of such operations.

19 June 2002
Exercise Cooperative Nugget 2002

The second phase of a NATO Partnership for Peace exercise, Cooperative Nugget 2002, is taking place at Fort Drum Army Base in Watertown, New York, 19-27 June. This part of the exercise is a simulation of a crisis response operation in which five NATO and thirteen Partner countries are involved.

19 June 2002
Science for Peace Projects visited

Every year inspection visits are made by Science for Peace Steering Group members to facilities in Partner countries which are being funded by NATO through its Science for Peace (SfP) programme. This year it was the turn of projects in Romania and Russia, as well as Hungary and Poland - former Partner countries which became NATO member countries in March 1999.

20 June 2002
Computer networking panel meeting in Kazakhstan

A meeting of the NATO Science Committee's Advisory Panel on Computer Networking took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 20 to 22 June. The Vice-Minister of Education and Science, Professor G. Mutanov, welcomed participants to the Kazakh National Technical University on behalf of the Kazakh government.

21 June 2002
Meeting of disarmament experts at NATO HQ

Disarmament experts from NATO and Partner countries held a meeting on 21 June to review developments and discuss work underway in the area of non-proliferation. The aim of the meeting was to give the opportunity to national experts from NATO's Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) member countries (the EAPC includes 19 NATO member and 27 Partner countries) to exchange views and reach a better understanding of national positions on disarmament.

21 June 2002
Exercise Cooperative Partner 2002

An annual maritime and amphibious exercise, Cooperative Partner 2002, is taking place near Constanta, Romania, and in the Black Sea, from 21 June to 6 July 2002. It aims to train NATO member and partner countries to work together in humanitarian and peace support operations and to test progress made in interoperability.

24 June 2002
Lord Robertson addresses the issue of security in South-East Europe

During a one-day visit to Croatia, 24 June, NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, met a number of high-level government officials and was invited to give a speech at a conference on "Regional stability and cooperation: NATO, Croatia and South Eastern Europe".

24 June 2002
Exercise Cooperative Safeguard 2002

Rescue specialists from five NATO and nine partner countries are participating in a humanitarian exercise, Cooperative Safeguard 2002, from 24 June to 1 July 2002 in Iceland. The aim of this biennial exercise is to foster greater interoperability between NATO member and partner forces in responding to humanitarian disasters in the North Atlantic.

25 June 2002
NATO-EU meeting in Brussels

As part of a series of regular meetings between the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union, a session was convened at the European Union Headquarters in Brussels on 25 June.

25 June 2002
Flood prevention and response in Ukraine

On 25 June, the results of the assessment phase of the Ukraine-NATO Pilot Project on Flood Prevention and Response in the Trans-Carpathian Region were presented to the Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee. This marked the completion of Phase One of this Joint Ukraine-NATO project which was developed to improve the early flood warning systems and flood mitigation measures in the areas of Ukraine which have suffered from severe flooding in past years.

27 June 2002
Troop reduction is a testimony to progress in Kosovo says Secretary General

During a one-day visit to the province on 27 June 2002, Lord Robertson welcomed the progress made in Kosovo and said that the fact that NATO can now reduce the number of troops in the area is a testimony to that progress.

27 June 2002
Full implementation of peace accords key to future of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1)

On 27 June, Lord Robertson also visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) where he met President Trajkovski, Prime Minister Georgievski, other senior government members and members of Parliament.

27 June 2002
NATO Ambassadors tour AWACS sites

On 27 June, the Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, and NATO Ambassadors visited the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Agency (NAPMA) in the Netherlands and the main operating base in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Their visit took place a day before the 20th anniversary of the base, which was opened in 1982. The decision to activate the AWACS component was taken by NATO in 1978.

30 June 2002
Weaponry cache discovered in Bosnia and Herzegovina

During operation "Bear" lead by SFOR troops in Republika Srpska, a weapon cache was discovered comprising an anti-aircraft gun, rocket launchers, hand grenades, an antipersonnel mine and other weaponry and ammunition.


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