|Last update: 14-Jun-2004 10:34||NATO Update|
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Spain
NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer travelled to Spain on 4 June to meet Prime Minister Zapatero, Minister of Foreign Affairs Moratinos and Defence Minister Bono.
Their discussions centred around the main items on the agenda
of NATO's upcoming Summit in Istanbul and, in particular,
Afghanistan and the expansion of ISAF beyond Kabul. The take-over
of more Provincial Reconstruction Teams by NATO-led forces,
as well as the elections due in September, necessitate additional
forces, which NATO is progressively putting together.
The Secretary General commended Spain for its contribution to NATO forces in the Balkans. They also discussed arrangements for bringing NATO's SFOR mission to a successful conclusion by end 2004. Beyond the end of the year, NATO will have a headquarters in Sarajevo and the Alliance will support the EU in the follow-on mission.