Updated: 27-Dec-2004 December 2004

2 Dec. 2004
NATO ends SFOR mission
A ceremony in Sarajevo on 2 December marked the historic conclusion of the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the European Union’s follow-on EUFOR.
2 Dec. 2004
NATO’s future role in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The successful termination of SFOR does not spell the end of NATO’s engagement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A moderately- sized Headquarters led by a Senior Military Representative was established on 2 December, as further proof of NATO’s desire to see Bosnia and Herzegovina move closer to Euro-Atlantic structures.
3 Dec. 2004
NATO Secretary General in Iraq
On Friday, 3 December, the Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, paid a one-day visit to Iraq, the first visit by a NATO Secretary General to the country.
7 Dec. 2004
Top Alliance officials attend Karzai inauguration

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and the Alliance’s top commanders travelled to Kabul on 7 December for the swearing in of Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's first elected president.

8 Dec. 2004
Agreement paves way for new NATO Headquarters

Belgium and NATO signed an agreement on 8 December handing the responsibility for the construction of the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels to the Belgian Government.

8 Dec. 2004
NATO celebrates 10th anniversary of Mediterranean Dialogue
A historical meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers and their counterparts from the Mediterranean Dialogue countries on 8 December in Brussels celebrated 10 years of the security Dialogue.
9 Dec. 2004
Russia to support NATO’s Mediterranean anti-terrorist operation

An agreement on Russian support to NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean, aimed at helping deter, disrupt and protect against terrorism, was signed in Brussels, 9 December.

9 Dec. 2004
NATO Russia Council agrees on plan to fight terrorism

Meeting in Brussels on Foreign Minister level on 9 December, the NATO Russia Council agreed on an action plan against terrorism that will guide future efforts in all aspects of this common struggle.

9 Dec. 2004
Foreign Ministers agree on expanded NATO roles in Iraq, Afghanistan
Meeting in Brussels on 9 December, Foreign Ministers of the 26 NATO countries agreed to move ahead with expanding NATO’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan and to maintain its commitment to the Balkans.
9 Dec. 2004
Joint NATO-Russia position on Ukraine
Meeting in Brussels on 9 December, against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine, the NATO-Russia Council addressed the situation in a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.
16 Dec. 2004
Name changes as Iraq mission grows
NATO’s training mission in Iraq will soon be growing in size after the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General James L Jones, was authorised to start the next stage of its expansion.
16 Dec. 2004
Lithuanian President visits NATO HQ
During a visit to NATO on 16 December, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said his country would continue to be an active member of the Alliance and contribute to its missions.
16 Dec. 2004
President of Bulgaria at NATO
Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov visited NATO on 16 December for talks with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
16 Dec. 2004
NATO Internship Programme
This year, NATO is pleased to introduce its new Internship Programme to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
16 Dec. 2004
End of year message by NATO Secretary General
With the Holiday Season now approaching it's time to look back over the past year.

It has been a good year for NATO I think.

27 Dec. 2004
Statement by NATO Secretary General following the elections in Ukraine
27 Dec. - I am pleased by the news that the Ukrainian people were able to express their choice for a new President in elections on 26 December, which have been positively assessed by the International Observation Mission.