Updated: 02-Apr-2003 March 2003

3 Mar. 2003
Strengthening NATO-Ukrainian parliamentary cooperation
Parliamentarians from NATO member and partner countries together with Ukraine discussed ways of strengthening ties and co-operation at a meeting held at NATO Headquarters from 3-4 March 2003.
3 Mar. 2003
NATO supporting Turkey in civil emergency planning
Following the deployment of surveillance aircraft and missile defences, NATO is also assisting Turkey in preparing for possible humanitarian emergencies, such as a mass influx of refugees or chemical and biological attacks against civilians.
5 Mar. 2003
NATO escorts shipping in Gibraltar
This week NATO warships have taken on a new mission to escort Allied civilian ships through the Straits of Gibraltar. The Alliance decided to expand its naval operations in response to recent assessments of terrorist threats to particular shipping lanes.
6 Mar. 2003
NATO support to Turkey
The Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH) Admiral Gregory G Johnson, US Navy, has assumed control of the three Dutch batteries of Patriot ground-based, air defence missile systems, which have deployed to Diyarbakir and Batman, South Eastern Turkey.
7 Mar. 2003
SFOR Operations in the vicinity of Pale and Lukavica
At 1030 this morning, SFOR personnel commenced operations in the vicinity of Pale and Lukavica. These operations are being conducted in support of the Office of the High Representative efforts to disrupt the activities of Momcilo Mandic and Milovan Bjelica who are providing financial assistance to Radovan Karadzic and other Persons Indicted for War Crimes.
10 Mar. 2003
NATO begins escorting Allied shipping through Gibraltar
On 10 March, NATO maritime forces began escorting civilian shipping from NATO member countries through the Straits of Gibraltar, as part of the Alliance’s continuing support for the campaign against terrorism.
10 Mar. 2003
Lord Robertson continues visits to invitee countries
Lord Robertson travelled to Slovenia and Slovakia on 10 March as part of his round of visits to the seven invitee countries.
14 Mar. 2003
Building security through media in the Baltic Sea region
A seminar held in St. Petersburg on 14 and 15 March examined the prospects for creating a common information space in the Baltic Sea region as a means of improving regional security and cooperation.
14 Mar. 2003
Seven invitees participate in C3 Board meeting
In order to provide the seven invited countries with a general overview of the command, control and consultation (C3) aspects of accession and help them prepare for membership, representatives from these countries were invited to a C3 Board meeting on 14 March.
17 Mar. 2003
NATO-EU cooperation taken to a new level
The formal hand-over of NATO's mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) to the EU will take place on 31 March, when Operation Allied Harmony officially terminates. The hand-over to the EU is in full agreement with the authorities in Skopje.
18 Mar. 2003
Ukraine Prime Minister visits NATO
The newly appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich, visited NATO Headquarters for the first time on 18 March to discuss NATO-Ukraine co-operation with Secretary General Lord Robertson.
18 Mar. 2003
Seminar at Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada
“NATO-Ukraine relations following the Prague Summit: Implications and Perspectives” was the theme of a seminar that took place at Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada on 18 March.
19-20 Mar. 2003
Workshop on detection of explosives in anti-terrorism
A workshop on the "Detection of Explosives for Anti-Terrorism Purposes" took place in Moscow on 19-20 March. It provided an opportunity for researchers from East and West to share their experiences and learn about different approaches to research and planning in order to advance future investigations in the field of vapour and trace detection of explosives.
20-21 Mar. 2003
Round Table on Prevention and Mitigation of Societal Disruption
New threats and challenges to society such as food chain security, environmental crime, risk communication and national perspectives on response structures and threats, and ways of identifying areas of common interest for future work in these areas, were discussed at a Round Table at NATO HQ on 20 March.
24 Mar. 2003
Lord Robertson visits Estonia
NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson wrapped up his tour of the seven countries currently invited to join the Alliance with a visit to Estonia on 24 March.
24 Mar. 2003
Ukraine finalises 2003 Target Plan
Following the completion of internal approval procedures, Ukraine's Annual Target Plan for 2003 was published on 24 March.
24 Mar. 2003
Exercise Cooperative Jaguar 2003
Around 500 troops from nine NATO and eight partner countries are participating in a command post exercise in Denmark, from 24 March to 4 April, named Exercise Cooperative Jaguar 2003 (COJA 03).
25 Mar. 2003
President of Tajikistan visits NATO
During his first ever visit to NATO on 25 March, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmanov, called for closer cooperation between NATO and his country.
26 Mar. 2003
Accession protocols signed
Representatives of the 19 NATO member countries signed on 26 March Protocols of Accession, which once ratified by the Allies, will allow seven new states to join NATO.
31 Mar. 2003
Operation Allied Harmony ends
A ceremony held in Skopje today marked the end of NATO’s peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1) and its handover to the European Union.
31 Mar. 2003
Lord Robertson visits Croatia
During a visit to Zagreb on 31 March NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson said NATO’s door remains open and encouraged Croatia to carry on with key reforms.

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