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Countdown to Prague Summit
On 21 and 22 November, Heads of State and Government from NATO
and partner countries are meeting in Prague to decide on the
Alliance’s future roles and tasks.
Summit meetings are held at landmark moments in NATO's evolution and
aim to adapt Alliance policies to changing needs and circumstances. This
will be the 16th Summit in NATO’s history.
“Prague will be a major turning point in NATO’s ability
to deliver the security that we all need,” said NATO Secretary
General Lord Robertson, “With new membership, new missions and
new military capabilities, NATO's transformation will make a quantum leap
On the Agenda
What is the Prague Summit expected to deliver? A transformed NATO, capable
of dealing with the new threats and challenges of the 21st century.
- New threats – Heads of State and Government
are expected to unveil a package of measures to enhance the Alliance's
capacity to fight terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;
- New military capabilities – NATO
nations will take a joint position on the acquisition of the
capabilities essential to today's operations such as: heavy
lift, air tankers, precision guided weapons, chemical and
biological defences, ground surveillance radars; they will
endorse the creation of a special NATO rapid response force;
and NATO's command and force structure will be streamlined.
- Enlargement - NATO will continue its process of enlargement
by inviting one or more aspirant countries to join the Alliance.
- New relationships – the Alliance will deepen
and enhance its partnerships with non-NATO countries and other international
organisations. This is likely to include the launching of a Partnership
Action Plan against terrorism.