|Last update: 16-Jun-2004 18:49||NATO Update|
Secretary General visits Greece
On 10 June, the NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer paid a one-day visit to Athens for talks on key issues on the Alliance’s agenda ahead of NATO’s Istanbul Summit.
Mr. De Hoop Scheffer met with Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pétros Molyviatis and Minister of Defence Spilos Spiliotopoulos. This was the Secretary General’s second visit to Athens this year, following one in February.
Talks focused on the issues on the agenda of the Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Istanbul on 28 and 29 June.
At the Summit, the Alliance is expected to announce a number of important decisions, including further expanding NATO’s presence in Afghanistan, the termination of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, and enhanced capabilities for fighting terrorism.
NATO’s contribution could include deploying AWACS
radar surveillance planes and assisting in developing contingency
plans for the consequences of a potential terrorist attack or natural