Updated: 17-Oct-2002 September 2002

NATO parliamentarians visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Secretary General of NATO's Parliamentary Assembly, Simon Lunn, and a group of 23 parliamentarians are conducting a fact-finding visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 4 to 5 September.

5 Sept. 2002
Hand-over of base is testimony to progress achieved in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In early September, command of Camp Comanche, a former air force base that for seven years was home to NATO-led peacekeepers, was handed over to the military authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The transfer of the base, located in the northern part of the country, is symbolic of the improving security situation in the country.

5-13 Sept. 2002
Exercise Cooperative Zenith 2002

An air operations exercise is currently being held at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, in Georgia, USA, 5-13 September. It is based on a peace support operation scenario and involves participants from NATO and partner countries, as well as observers from Mediterranean Dialogue countries.

5-15 Sept. 2002
Summer school on post-conflict management

The role of NATO and other international organisations in managing conflicts is one of the themes under discussion at the summer school on "Russia - NATO - OSCE - EU: Interaction in Managing Post-conflict Situations" in Gelenjik, Russian Federation from 5 to 15 September.

6 Sept. 2002
Lord Robertson visits troops in Germany

NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, had his first meeting with German Defence Minister, Dr Peter Struck, on 6 September, during his visit of German and British troops in Augustdorf and Sennelager, in the north-west of the country.

10-14 Sept. 2002
Seminar on civil emergency planning in Turkmenistan

From 10-14 September, a civil emergency planning (CEP) and civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) seminar is taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. It is one of a series of courses organised by NATO with the aim of introducing participants from partner countries to CEP and CIMIC practices and procedures applied during operations carried out within the framework of NATO's strategic concept.

11 Sept. 2002
Remembering September 11

In the face of terror, the international community must preserve its unity and protect the values which terrorists seek to destroy, said the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, at a commemorative ceremony held at NATO today.

12 Sept. 2002
Military Committee visits Germany and Czech Republic

NATO's military authorities are making good progress in preparing for the upcoming NATO Summit in Prague, said the Chairman of NATO's top military body, following a meeting of Alliance military officials in Berlin.


12 Sept. 2002
Euro-Atlantic security one year after 11 September

Exactly one year after NATO invoked Article 5 of the Washington Treaty for the first time in its history, Lord Robertson was invited by l'Institut français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris, to address the question of "Euro-Atlantic security one year after 11 September".


12-13 Sept. 2002
Hungarian Defence Minister visits NATO and SHAPE

The Minister of Defence of Hungary, Mr Ferenc Juhasz, came to Belgium on 12-13 September to visit NATO's political headquarters in Brussels and the military headquarters in Mons.


13 Sept. 2002
Report on global landmine situation presented at NATO Headquarters

Handicap International Belgium, the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, presented the major findings of its Landmine Monitor Report 2002 at a press conference held at NATO Headquarters on 13 September.


15 Sept. 2002
Conference on defence economic reform

“Defence Economic Reform IV: Budgets and Expenditure Choices in the Post Cold War” was the theme of the annual joint conference between the NATO Economics Directorate and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. This year's conference took place in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany, on 15-18 September 2002, and was attended by over 70 experts from 33 NATO and Partner countries, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, many of them working in high-level governmental and academic positions.

15-25 Sept. 2002
Military exercise in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo

From 15 to 25 September, 3,300 troops are taking part in an annual rehearsal of NATO's ability to quickly reinforce its peacekeeping forces in the Balkans.


16 Sept. 2002
NATO countries to ratify agreement on interoperability of unmanned air vehicles

NATO countries have begun the ratification of a major agreement that will allow the Allies to share information obtained by their Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) during military operations.


16-18 Sept. 2002
Prince of Spain visits NATO

The Crown Prince of Spain, His Royal Highness, Don Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, Prince of Asturias, addressed the North Atlantic Council and met with the NATO Secretary General and senior Alliance officials during a two-day visit to NATO on 16 and 18 September.


18 Sept. 2002
Transforming the stereotyped image of NATO-Russia relations

The conference "Russia-NATO: from the Perception of Enemies to one of Partnership" was held 18-20 September in Moscow. It was organised by the NGO "Generals for Democracy and Humanism" and the Centre for Political and International Studies, with the support of the Moscow-based NATO Office of Information and Press.

19 Sept. 2002
Retraining of discharged military personnel in Russia

On September 19, representatives from the "NATO-Russia Centre," the NATO Economics Directorate, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, regional government officials, and the NATO Information Office in Moscow gathered in the southern Russian city of Rostov-na-Donu to attend a seminar on programmes aimed at retraining discharged Russian military officers.

20 Sept. 2002
Road to Prague now online

Visit www.nato.int/prague for information on the upcoming Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Prague on 21 and 22 November. A dedicated website now features news, statements and background information related to the Summit.


22 Sept. 2002
Exercise Cooperative Key 2002

France is hosting a humanitarian operations exercise, 22 September to 4 October, involving ten NATO and twelve Partner countries. Exercise Cooperative Key 2002 is taking place in Saint-Dizier, in the north-east of the country and aims to train military personnel in peace support operations.

23 Sept. 2002
Four headquarters designated as NATO international headquarters

Four European headquarters have been officially designated as NATO international rapidly deployable headquarters at a ceremony held on 23 September at NATO's European strategic command (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.

23 Sept. 2002
Industries and the threat of WMD

A seminar was held at NATO HQ to discuss means of protecting populations and industries from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). It took place on 23-24 September and was the first seminar to be organised by NATO's Industrial Planning Committee (IPC) on this subject.

23 Sept. 2002
President of Lithuania opens NATO workshop in Vilnius

The President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Valdas Adamkus, gave a welcome address to participants in a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "Consideration and Options on a New Nuclear Power Plant in Ignalina, Lithuania", which took place in Vilnius from 23 to 25 September.

24-25 Sept. 2002
Defence ministers focus on NATO's transformation at Warsaw meeting

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.

25-27 Sept. 2002
NATO and Russia hold joint crisis response exercise

NATO and Russia are holding their first-ever joint crisis response exercise in Noginsk, 70 km outside of Moscow, from 25 to 27 September. The exercise simulates an international response to a terrorist attack on a chemical plant.

30 Sept. 2002
Discussing the future of NATO-Mediterranean relations

Future prospects for relations between NATO and its Mediterranean partner countries were the focus of an international conference held at the Italian Parliament in Rome on 30 September.

30 Sept. 2002
Landmine destruction starts in Moldova

On 30 September, the first part of Moldova’s stockpile of 12,000 landmines was destroyed as part of a NATO-led project that will also eliminate 700 tonnes of surplus munitions and rocket fuel. The project, to be completed by the end of 2002, will allow Moldova to meet its obligations under the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty almost two years ahead of schedule.