Updated: 13-Nov-2003 September 2003

1 Sept 2003
Allied Command Europe becomes Allied Command Operations
SHAPE, Belgium – The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General James L. Jones, announced today that Allied Command Europe (ACE) will officially be renamed, Allied Command Operations (ACO).
1-4 Sept 2003
NATO medical conference to focus on civil and military cooperation
A NATO medical conference to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 1 to 4 September 2003, will examine the prospects for integrating civil and military medical response capabilities.
1-13 Sept 2003
Rehearsing peace support operations
Military personnel from eight NATO countries, six invitee and six partner countries will join forces in Exercise Cooperative Key 2003 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1 to 13 September.
2 Sept 2003
Suspect terrorist arrested in Kabul
In the morning of 1 September Afghan authorities, with the assistance of troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), arrested a suspect terrorist and criminal in Kabul.
2 Sept 2003
Planning Board for Ocean Shipping workshop
The 2003 Planning Board for Ocean Shipping (PBOS) Military Support Workshop was held on 2-4 September 2003 at the Soefartsstyrelsen (Danish Maritime Authority) in Copenhagen.
4 Sept 2003
Lord Robertson visits NATO and Partner countries
With only a few months to go before he leaves his position as Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson started his farewell tour of NATO and Partner countries with a trip to Hungary and Bulgaria on 4 September, and a visit to the Netherlands on 8 September.
5 Sept 2003
Exercise Air Meet 2003
A live air exercise, NATO Air Meet 2003, started in Poland on 5 September to train participants in tactical air operations. This year, air forces from 15 NATO member countries are participating in the exercise.
9 Sept 2003
New Head of UN Mission in Kosovo at NATO
Mr Harri Holkeri, the new Head of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), came to NATO HQ for his first meeting with Lord Robertson on 9 September.
11 Sept 2003
Lord Robertson visits 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.
12 Sept 2003
Rocket attacks on ISAF installations
Two rockets were fired at ISAF bases in Kabul on the evening of 11 September. One rocket hit Camp Warehouse, and the other landed near Camp Julien.
12 Sept 2003
Jordanian princess briefs on women in the armed forces
HRH Princess Colonel Aisha Al-Hussein, sister of King Abdullah of Jordan, participated in a Mediterranean Dialogue meeting on military cooperation at NATO HQ on 12 September.
13 Sept 2003
Practicing maritime operations with partners
NATO’s biannual maritime exercise Cooperative Engagement 2003 is taking place from 13 to 20 September 2003 near Split, Croatia, and in the Adriatic Sea.
As part of the exercise, more than 500 personnel, 14 ships and 4 aircraft from NATO and countries will train together in mine countermeasures and search and rescue operations.
15-16 Sept 2003
Youth speaks on future of NATO
A conference designed to engage the youth in an open discussion on their views of the Alliance and its future was held at NATO HQ on 15-16 September.
15-26 Sept 2003
Exercise demonstrates NATO’s maritime and amphibious capabilities
Close to 8,500 military personnel from twelve NATO nations are taking part in Northern Light 2003, a major NATO crisis response exercise in the Irish Sea from 15 to 26 September.
18-19 Sept 2003
Non-proliferation of WMD – New approaches needed for protection of forces and civilians
On 18-19 September 2003, Sweden hosted a major seminar entitled “Non-proliferation of WMD – New approaches needed for protection of forces and civilians”.
22 Sept 2003
Appointment of Secretary General designate
This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council appointed Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (right), currently Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, as Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. Mr. de Hoop Scheffer will assume his functions as Secretary General on 1 January 2004.
23-26 Sept 2003
Secretary General visits Central Asia and Afghanistan
NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson said the Alliance is examining options for a possible expansion of the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Afghanistan during a visit to Kabul, which followed visits to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, 23 to 26 September.
28 Sept 2003
NATO Secretary General meets Afghan President Karzai
29 Sept - Lord Robertson and President Karzai met for 90 minutes in Scotland on Sunday 28 September. They discussed Lord Robertson’s visit to Kabul last week and a range of issues relating to the future of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.
29 Sept 2003
'Common values and commitments'
"…consensus starts from our common values and our common commitment to uniting the new Europe" stated Lord Robertson in a speech at the Churchill Memorial Society in Luxembourg, 29 September.
30 Sept 2003
New Ukrainian Foreign Minister at NATO HQ
The newly appointed Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Mr Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, came to NATO HQ on 30 September for a bilateral meeting with Lord Robertson.
30 Sept 2003
Ukraine's integration into Euro-Atlantic structures
A seminar promoting the implementation of the NATO-Ukraine Target Plan took place in Kyiv on 30 September with the aim of informing the military and involving the Force ministries in the country's integration process.