Updated: 02-Aug-2004 June 2004

1 June 2004
NATO assumes control of Kabul International Airport
A ceremony held at Kabul International Airport on 1 June marked the formal transfer of authority over the airport to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
4 June 2004
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.
6-7 June 2004
High-level informal talks with Ukraine in Warsaw
The royal castle in Warsaw, Poland, provided the venue for informal NATO-Ukraine high-level consultations on 6 and 7 June.
6-11 June 2004
Exercise Ample Train
A live logistics exercise is taking place, 6-11 June, in Oerland, Norway, involving approximately 300 personnel from ten different NATO member countries.
7 June 2004
NATO and Ukraine sign agreement on strategic airlift
On the margins of the informal NATO-Ukraine high-level consultations in Warsaw, a NATO-Ukraine Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Airlift was signed on 7 June by Ukrainian Defence Minister Yevhen Marchuk and Admiral Miguel Fernandez, who is the representative in Europe of the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.
10 June 2004
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.
11 June 2004
Exercise Collective Effort
An exercise focusing on ways of improving the interoperability of NATO logistics systems and the standardisation of procedures to support NATO operations is taking place in the Czech Republic, 11-18 June.
14 June 2004
Annual live-flying exercise
Exercise Clean Hunter, NATO’s major annual live-flying exercise, is taking place in Northern Europe, 14-25 June.
15 June 2004
Kaliningrad exercise to test disaster responses

NATO, Russia and partner countries will test their capability to jointly respond to a mock disaster situation following a terrorist attack on an oil platform in an exercise to be held in Kaliningrad, 22 to 25 June 2004.

16 June 2004
NATO guards skies over Euro 2004
As the European 2004 football championship kicked-off this past weekend, NATO’s AWACS radar aircraft took to the skies over Portugal to patrol against possible terrorist threats.
16 June 2004
« e-generation » module for schools
If you are interested in discovering the new NATO interface created especially for teenagers and secondary school teachers, visit our new education web module – e-generation – launched this week.
17 June 2004
Aspirant countries present joint strategy for NATO membership
The Foreign Ministers of Albania, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) came to NATO Headquarters on 17 June to present a joint strategy for NATO membership.
18 June 2004
New missions require new means, says NATO Secretary General
Speaking in London on 18 June, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said that if NATO is to continue to take on new operations, it has to improve the way it decides on and plans for missions.
18 June 2004
De Hoop Scheffer praises Iceland for Afghanistan contribution
Iceland taking the lead in running the Kabul airport shows that small nations can make big contributions to NATO’s operations, the NATO Secretary General said on a visit to Reykjavik, 18 June.
18 June 2004
NATO exercise in the Black Sea
A maritime exercise called Exercise Cooperative Partner 2004 is taking place in Varna, Bulgaria, and the Black Sea, 18 June to 2 July.
22 June 2004
Iraqi government requests assistance from NATO
In a letter sent to the NATO Secretary General on 22 June, the interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ilyad Allawi requested NATO support through training and other forms of technical assistance.
22 June 2004
NATO-Russia disaster response exercise and seminar held in Kaliningrad
From 22 to 25 June 2004 NATO, Russia and partner countries tested their capabilities to jointly respond to a disaster situation in a field and strategic-level exercise and seminar held in the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation.
23 June 2004
NATO to assist with security for Olympics
On 23 June, the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s principal decision-making body, agreed to the request from the Greek government for assisting in providing security for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
27 June 2004
Istanbul Summit: A New Atlanticism for the 21st Century
Speaking at a high-level conference on the eve of NATO’s Istanbul Summit, NATO Secretary General De Hoop Scheffer said it will demonstrate that a new transatlantic security consensus is taking shape.
27 June 2004
Joint Force Command Naples assumes responsibility for NATO Response Force
In a change of command ceremony held in Istanbul on 27 June 2004, prior to the Alliance Summit, NATO’s Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples assumed responsibilities for the NATO Response Force (NRF), a force of up to 20,000 troops – comprising land, maritime and air forces – that will be available for deployment at very short notice wherever decided by the North Atlantic Council.
28-29 June 2004
Istanbul: Missions, partnerships, capabilities
On 28 and 29 June, leaders of the now 26 NATO countries met in Istanbul to enhance NATO’s missions, deepen the Alliance’s partnerships and discuss assistance to Iraq.
29 June 2004
NATO expands presence in Afghanistan

NATO will take on command of four new provincial reconstruction teams and deploy extra troops to support the upcoming elections, the Alliance announced at the Istanbul Summit.

29 June 2004
Alliance to support Iraq with troop training

In a statement released on the first day of Summit meetings in Istanbul, NATO Heads of State of Government agreed to assist Iraq with the training of its security forces.

29 June 2004
NATO enhances operational capabilities

Meeting in Istanbul on 28 June, NATO leaders endorsed measures to further improve the Alliance’s ability to take on operations when and where necessary.

29 June 2004
NATO elevates Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership, launches Istanbul Cooperation Initiative

Meeting in Istanbul, NATO leaders decided to elevate the Alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership and to launch the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative with selected countries in the broader region of the Middle East.

29 June 2004
Heads of State and Government strengthen NATO’s anti-terrorism efforts

NATO leaders boosted the Alliance’s anti-terrorism efforts with an agreement in Istanbul to improve intelligence sharing and to develop new, high-tech defences against terrorist attacks.

29 June 2004
SFOR to be terminated at the end of the year

The NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be brought to a successful end at the end of this year, Heads of State and Government announced at the Istanbul Summit.

29 June 2004
Special 2004 NATO Summit Science Prize awarded to Turkish Institutes
A special Summit Science Prize was presented to three Turkish universities on the occasion of the NATO Summit in Istanbul, 28-29 June. The three institutes are - Bosphorus University, Istanbul Technical University, and the Middle East Technical University.
30 June - 2 July 2004
Forum on Business and Security
The most pressing issues confronting governments and business in the new international security landscape were addressed at the NATO Forum on Business and Security, 30 June to 2 July, in Istanbul, Turkey.
30 June - 3 July 2004
Summer Academy in Ukraine
The first ever NATO Summer Academy “The NATO Istanbul Summit: understanding international security and Euro-Atlantic integration in Ukraine” took place in Simferopol on 30 June - 3 July, 2004.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.