Updated: 20-Jan-2006 December 2005

1 Dec. 2005

Qatar conference discusses NATO cooperation with Broader Middle East

A high-level conference in Doha on 1 December brought together top NATO officials, civil society representatives and officials from the six Gulf States party to the Alliance’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
5 Dec. 2005

Helping Ukrainian ex-military return to civilian life

NATO is preparing to step assistance aimed at retraining and resettling military personnel made redundant by the restructuing of Ukraine’s armed forces.
5 Dec. 2005
Viking exercise tests civil-military cooperation
From 5 to 16 December, some 2000 civilian and military personnel are looking at ways of improving civil-military responses to crises in exercise Viking 05, led by NATO partner country Sweden.
8 Dec. 2005

Foreign Ministers discuss key transatlantic issues

A meeting at NATO Headquarters on 8 December allowed NATO Foreign Ministers to discuss a broad range of strategic political issues in the transatlantic dialogue.
8 Dec. 2005

NATO to go South in Afghanistan

Meeting at NATO HQ on 8 December, NATO Foreign Ministers endorsed a plan that paves the way for an expanded NATO role in Afghanistan.
8 Dec. 2005

NATO and Russia launch Afghanistan counter-narcotics training

At their meeting on 8 December, Foreign Ministers from the NATO-Russia Council agreed to launch a pilot project on counter-narcotics training of Afghan and Central Asian personnel.
8 Dec. 2005

Next NATO Summit in 2006

NATO Foreign Ministers agreed on 8 December that next Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government will be held in Latvia at the end of 2006.
8 Dec. 2005
Alliance continues Pakistan relief
NATO’s short-term relief mission is focused on delivering assistance to as many survivors of the 8 October earthquake as possible, helping to pave the way for other agencies to begin longer-term assistance and reconstruction.
9 Dec. 2005
20 years of defence expenditures now online
Figures on the defence expenditures of NATO countries and Russia from 1985 to 2005 are now available on the NATO Web site.
12 Dec. 2005

Youth conference to discuss terrorism with Secretary General

On 12 December, NATO's Public Diplomacy Division, in cooperation with the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) Executive Board, organised for the second time an international conference, bringing together 44 representatives of national YATA chapters from over 30 NATO, Partnership for Peace and observer countries.
14 Dec. 2005

Statement on death of Swedish soldier in Afghanistan

In a statement issued on 9 December, the NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said he was “deeply saddened by the death of Tomas Bergqvist” from injuries he sustained in the attack on his convoy more than two weeks ago in Afghanistan.
16 Dec. 2005

NATO and South Caucasus partners intensify cooperation

On 16 December 2005, Armenia became the third partner country to agree an Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO, following Georgia and Azerbaijan.
22 Dec. 2005

Hungary joins AWACS programme

On 22 December 2005, Hungary formally joined 14 other NATO countries that contribute to and manage NATO’s fleet of NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) radar aircraft, also known as AWACS.