Press releases, speeches, sound files and high resolution photos of the
of Defence Ministers
24 - 25 September Warsaw
Defence ministers from NATO member countries took stock of the progress made on key aspects of NATO's transformation at an informal meeting held in Warsaw, Poland, on 24 and 25 September.
This was the last meeting of Alliance ministers ahead of the upcoming Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Prague, where decisions regarding NATO's future roles and capabilities will be made.
During the meeting, the Ministers reviewed and discussed key issues on the Alliance's transformation agenda:
"We are now transforming our Alliance so it can play an equally pivotal part in defeating the threats of the new century, in particular terrorism and weapons of mass destruction," said NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson at a press conference following the discussions. "The NATO Prague Summit will be a major milestone for NATO, a defining moment for this 53 year old Alliance."
Informal meetings of NATO defence ministers are held each year
in addition to formal meeting held twice a year. Informal meetings
have no fixed agenda and no formal decisions are taken; they
are an opportunity for ministers to discuss freely key issues
on the Alliance's agenda.