Updated: 07-Jan-2004 December 2003

1-2 Dec 2003
Defence Ministers review NATO's missions and transformation
NATO Defence Ministers decided to expand the Alliance's mission in Afghanistan and reduce its presence in Bosnia at their meeting at NATO Headquarters on 1 and 2 December 2003.
2-5 Dec 2003
Security issues of desertification in the Mediterranean region debated at NATO workshop
Security issues related to desertification in the Mediterranean region was the subject of a workshop, which took place in Valencia, Spain, on 2-5 December.
2-12 Dec 2003
Exercise Viking 03
A computer assisted exercise is taking place at the Uppland Regiment, Enköping, Sweden, 2- 12 December.
3 Dec 2003
Armenian President visits NATO
The President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, discussed ways of further increasing his country’s cooperation with NATO during a visit to Alliance Headquarters on 3 December.
4-5 Dec 2003
NATO “busy, useful and necessary”
Foreign Ministers from NATO, invitee and partner countries discussed Afghanistan, Iraq, NATO-EU cooperation, and the preparations for next year’s NATO Summit in Istanbul at NATO, 4-5 December.
4-5 Dec 2003
Ministers take stock of NATO-Ukraine relations
Progress towards achieving the objectives set out in the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan and in Ukraine’s associated Annual Target Plan for 2003 was the focus of meetings in Brussels of Ukrainian and NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers in December.
4-5 Dec 2003
A new spirit of cooperation between NATO and Russia
Speaking to the press on 4 December after the last ministerial meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) he was to chair, before being succeeded by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as NATO Secretary General at the beginning of 2004, Lord Robertson said: “Once more the new spirit of NATO-Russia cooperation was crystal clear. This is one of the biggest changes NATO has brought about over the past four years of my term. As I prepare to step down, it is one of my biggest sources of satisfaction.”
10 Dec 2003
Tripartite agreement on submarine rescue
France, Norway and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on 9 December at NATO HQ on the common procurement of a submarine rescue system.
11 Dec 2003
Joint Russia-NATO workshop on proliferation held in Poland
From 11 to 13 December 2003, experts on proliferation issues from NATO member countries and Russia met at a workshop in Pultusk, Poland, to explore opportunities for practical cooperation in the protection against chemical and biological weapons.
12 Dec 2003
NATO assists in removal of heavy weapons in Afghanistan

NATO-led troops are currently assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defence in the removal of heavy weapons from the Pansjher Valley to a government storage site near Kabul.

17 Dec 2003
Farewell video interview with Lord Robertson
In his last days before stepping down as NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson looks back at his four years in office in a special video interview for the NATO Web site.
17 Dec 2003
Constitutional loya jirga begins in Afghanistan
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has stepped up security in Kabul, including temporarily sending extra troops, as the loya jirga meets to debate a constitution for Afghanistan.
17 Dec 2003
SFOR plans future force structure
The NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina has begun preparations for a reduction of troop levels to approximately 7,000 by June 2004.