Updated: 16-Jun-2003 May 2003

3 May 2003
Conclusion of Operation Display Deterrence
The last elements of NATO forces deployed to protect Turkey as part of Operation Display Deterrence left the country on 3 May, 65 days after the deployment began on 26 February.
4 May 2003
NATO-Ukraine conference focuses on defence reform
Several Defence Ministers and top officials from NATO and Ukraine met in Washington D.C. from 4 to 5 May 2003 to discuss cooperation in key areas at a high-level conference.
4 May 2003
Lord Robertson visits United States and Canada
NATO Secretary Lord Robertson travelled to the United States from 4 to 5 May and Canada on 6 May for conferences and meetings with senior officials and members of Congress.
8 May 2003
Armaments directors take stock of NATO’s transformation
Representatives of the 19 NATO countries responsible for armaments cooperation reviewed progress on key projects at the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) at NATO, 8-9 May 2003.
8 May 2003
President of Bulgaria visits NATO
The President of Bulgaria, Georgi Parvanov, discussed his country’s preparations for joining the Alliance with Secretary General Lord Robertson during a visit to NATO on 8 May.
8 May 2003
NATO formalises cooperation with EUROCONTROL

On 8 May 2003 NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson visited the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) to sign an agreement on cooperation between the two organisations.

12 May 2003
Protecting buildings in earthquake zones
Innovative ways of reinforcing buildings that were not built to withstand strong earthquakes were presented at a NATO Science for Peace workshop held in Izmir, Turkey, on 12 and 13 May 2003.
12-13 May 2003
Meeting with partners of the Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport
The NATO Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport (PBIST) conducted its plenary meeting with partner countries on 12 and 13 May 2003 in Bern, Switzerland.
12-23 May 2003
PfP course on international rescue operations
From 12-23 May 2003, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency will be holding a Partnership for Peace (PfP) course on international rescue operations in Revinge, Sweden.
13 May 2003
Historic meetings in Moscow
On 13 May, for the first time ever, all nineteen NATO Ambassadors joined their Russian counterpart for a meeting in Moscow of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), chaired by NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. The meeting took place almost a year after the NRC was established at the summit meeting in Rome on 28 May 2002, opening a new page in NATO-Russia relations.
13 May 2003
Military Committee prepares for June Ministerial meetings
NATO's highest military authority, the Military Committee, held one of its three annual meetings at the level of Chiefs of Defence Staff, at NATO HQ, 13-14 May.
14 May 2003
Multiculturalism and NATO
On 14 May 2003, in the historic Crimean town of Bakhchisaray, Ukrainian and NATO experts discussed “Multiculturalism in NATO: Enhancing Security Together”.
14-15 May 2003
Lord Robertson visits Caucasus
NATO remains committed to stability in the Caucasus, but it is up to the countries in the region to find peaceful solutions to existing conflicts, said Secretary General Lord Robertson during a two-day visit.
20 May 2003
Serbia seeks to become NATO partner
Serbia and Montenegro wants to join NATO’s partnership programme and will work to meet all conditions this year, including the arrest of indicted war criminals, Prime Minister Zivkovic said during his visit on 20 May.
20 May 2003
NATO-Ukraine meeting on economic security
The adaptation and restructuring of the Ukrainian defence industry was at the centre of discussions at a NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on economic security, 20-21 May at NATO HQ.
21 May 2003
NATO Council makes decision on Polish request
The North Atlantic Council has today unanimously decided to task NATO’s military authorities to provide advice as soon as possible on the Polish request for NATO support in the context of their leadership of a sector in a stabilization force in Iraq.
21 May 2003
Course on international environmental disaster operations
In cooperation with the United Nations Environmental Programme, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) will be running a course on international environmental disaster operations from 8 to 19 September 2003 in Sandö, Sweden.
21 May 2003
NATO remains committed to Kosovo

NATO Ambassadors reiterated the Alliance’s support for the United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) following a briefing by its chief, Michael Steiner, at NATO headquarters on 21 May.

22 May 2003
Improving Balkan border security
Five Western Balkan countries subscribed to a Common Platform for improving border security in the region at a high-level conference held in Ohrid, 22-23 May 2003.

23 May 2003
Appointment of Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., U.S. Navy, as Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation

NATO’s Defence Planning Committee today announced its agreement to a request from President Bush to appoint Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., US Navy, as Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation.

24 May 2003
Alliance legislators to discuss the consequences of Iraq for transatlantic relations
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will hold its Spring Session for the first time in the Czech Republic in Prague from 24 to 28 May 2003 at the Obecni Dum (Municipal House), Republic Square. About 300 legislators from North America and Europe are expected to participate in the five-day session.
24 May 2003
Landmine project closing ceremony in Ukraine
The last of 400,000 anti-personnel landmines were destroyed during a ceremony in Donetsk, in the south-east of Ukraine, on 27 May 2003.
29 May 2003
Lord Robertson visits Operation Active Endeavour and Madrid
The Secretary General paid his first visit to Operation Active Endeavour, along the Straits of Gibraltar, on 29 May.
30 May 2003
NATO Secretary General expresses sympathy
On Monday 26 May, the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson sent a personal message to Spanish Prime Minister Aznar asking him to convey his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the plane crash which took the lives of 62 Spanish peacekeepers.