Updated: 09-Mar-2005 February 2005

1-3 Feb. 2005
Rehearsing Response Force deployments
From 1 to 3 February, NATO commanders are gathering in Norway for exercise Allied Reach 05, which deals with planning, operational and capability issues related to a deployment of the NATO Response Force.
2-3 Feb. 2005
NATO Secretary General visits the United Kingdom
The Secretary General made a working visit to London on February 2-3, as a month of high-level diplomatic activity for NATO begins.
5 Feb. 2005
NATO troops find Afghan plane crash site
On 5 February, helicopters from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which were assisting in the search and rescue of the missing Kam Air Boeing 737, found the wreckage.
9 Feb. 2005
Foreign Ministers underscore transatlantic unity
An informal luncheon of Alliance Foreign Ministers at NATO HQ on 9 February saw broad agreement on the way ahead for NATO in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Balkans.
9-10 Feb. 2005
Alliance to expand Afghanistan mission
Meeting in Nice, France, 9-10 February, NATO Defence Ministers confirmed the further expansion of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, reviewed the Alliance’s other operations and discussed its military transformation.
9 Feb. 2005
Stopwatch – new NATO video series
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations and former NATO Spokesman Jamie Shea will be hosting a series of four video forums on security issues with expert panels.
10 Feb. 2005
Statement by Secretary General on ISAF expansion
I am pleased to announce that NATO will now proceed to further expand the International Security Assistance Force into the West of Afghanistan.
13 Feb. 2005
Change of command in NATO’s Afghanistan mission

A ceremony in Kabul on 13 February marked the handover of command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from EUROCORPS to the NATO Rapidly Deployable Corps Turkey.

14 Feb. 2005
NATO Project to Destroy Hazardous Ordnance in Azerbaijan
An agreement signed at NATO Headquarters on 14 February, paves the way for a NATO project to destroy hazardous unexploded ordnance in Azerbaijan.
14 Feb. 2005
Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1 at NATO
Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski visited NATO on 14 February to discuss the progress his country is making towards Alliance membership with the NATO Secretary General.
15 Feb. 2005
NATO assistance to Indonesia in Tsunami aftermath
Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, NATO has agreed to donate 565 metres of bridge equipment from Alliance stocks to assist in the reconstruction effort in Aceh, Indonesia.
16-20 Feb. 2005
ISAF troops airlift medicals to snowbound Afghan village
From 16 to 20 February, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops joined forces with the US-led coalition to airlift medical supplies to a snowbound village in northern Afghanistan.
17 Feb. 2005
NATO Secretary General visits Morocco

On 17 February the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, paid the first ever visit by a NATO Secretary General to Morocco, in the context of the enhancement of NATOs Mediterranean Dialogue.

19 Feb. 2005
NATO project to destroy surplus weapons and ammunition in Ukraine
A NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) Trust Fund project has been established to help Ukraine destroy stockpiles of surplus munitions, small arms and light weapons, and Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). The project – the largest single demilitarisation effort in the world - is a practical demonstration of NATO’s continuing commitment to support Ukraine’s defence reform.
22 Feb. 2005
NATO leaders express unity on Iraq, reaffirm values
Meeting at NATO on 22 February, all 26 Allies agreed to contribute to NATO’s assistance to Iraq, strengthen political dialogue in the Alliance and expand its operation in Afghanistan.
22 Feb. 2005
Alliance ready to deepen partnership with Ukraine
Meeting with President Victor Yushchenko at NATO on 22 February, NATO leaders expressed support for Ukraine’s reform agenda and agreed to strengthen cooperation with the country.
24 Feb. 2005
NATO Secretary General visits Israel to discuss greater cooperation
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer met with top Israeli officials in Tel Aviv on 24 February to discuss enhancing political and practical cooperation with the country.
28 Feb. - 9 Mar. 2005
Large number of weapons seized in Afghanistan
Between 28 February and 9 March, troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helped Afghan authorities secure over 3 tonnes of illegal arms.

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