Updated: 17-Sep-2003 September 2003

11 Sept 2003


Lord Robertson visits Denmark and Norway

11/09/03 - NATO
NATO Secretary General pays tribute to Anna Lindh
10/09/03 - NATO
NATO Secretary General to visit Denmark and Norway
NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson continued his round of farewell visits to NATO member and partner countries with a visit to Denmark and Norway on 11 and 12 September 2003.

In Denmark, he met with Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and with Minister of Defence Svend Aage Jensby, as well as with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and members of the Parliament.

Speaking at a press conference, Lord Robertson paid tribute to murdered Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. “ I was a friend and an admirer of a lovely person, and also a highly accomplished and successful and professional politician. All our thoughts must be with her husband and her beloved sons," he told journalists.

He added, "It’s an appalling act of violence and a huge waste of talent and life and I express my sympathy with the people of Sweden. The world, on September 11th again with a horrible irony, has lost a very substantial contributor to a better and safer world.

In Norway, the NATO Secretary General met with Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, with Minister of Defence Kristin Krohn Devold, the President of Parliament Jorgen A. Kosmo and members of the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee. He also had an audience with His Majesty King Harald V.

Lord Robertson will step down as NATO Secretary General in December this year.