Updated: 22-Nov-2006 May 2006

1-10 May 2006
Response Force Commanders put to test in exercise Steadfast Jackpot 06
From 1 to 10 May, around 600 personnel from NATO countries are taking part in a computer-assisted exercise that will test their capability to command the NATO Response Force on a wide-range of missions.
4 May 2006
New chapter for NATO in Afghanistan
Afghanistan National Army Honour Guard during the ISAF change of command ceremony
The Headquarters of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) took command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 4 May at a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, spearheading international efforts to support the Government of Afghanistan in ensuring security, stability and redevelopment in the country.
4 May 2006
Japanese Foreign Minister debuts at NATO Council
Japan intends to work more closely with NATO, Foreign Minister Taro Aso told Alliance decision-makers in what was the first address by a Japanese Foreign Minister to the North Atlantic Council, 4 May.
10 May 2006
Progress on missile defence
Today NATO’s Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Defence Investment and Permanent Chairman of the Alliance Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), Marshall Billingslea, signed the NATO Missile Defence Feasibility Study and delivered the final report of NATO’s Armament Directors to the North Atlantic Council.
10 May 2006
New NATO depository libraries
Two new NATO depository libraries were opened on May 10 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the University of Mostar Library and the Demal Bijedic University Library.
11 May 2006
NATO assists Moldova to deal with dangerous chemicals
Legal agreements supporting the NATO/OSCE Trust Fund project for the destruction of dangerous pesticides in Moldova were signed at the NATO HQ today. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer presided over the ceremony which paves way to the practical execution of the project. Moldovan Defence Minister Valeriu Plesca represented the Host Nation.
11 May 2006
NATOs highest military body meets to progress Alliance priorities
Top military officials from 54 countries gathered at NATO's Headquarters in Brussels on 9-10 May to discuss ongoing operations, and the means to improve how member and Partner country armed forces work together.
11 May 2006
NATO-Russia rally starts at the end of the line
Vladivostok, the end stop of the Tran Siberian railway, was the first stop for the NATO-Russia Rally, a series of public events on NATO-Russia relations across the Russian Federation, 11-26 May.
11-26 May 2006
NATO-Russia Rally
From 11 to 26 May, a series of public events across the Russian Federation will bring together NATO, Allied and Russian officials, and experts to discuss and share views on the opportunities and prospects for cooperation under the NATO-Russia Council.
11 May 2006
NATO decision-makers urge compromise in Kosovo
Visiting Kosovo on 11 May, NATO decision-makers urged all parties in the province to prepare for a compromise in the status talks on Kosovos future.
11 May 2006
Top emergency officials discuss terrorism, humanitarian relief
Protecting civilian populations and responding to disasters was the focus of the Plenary Sessions of NATOs Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee in Brussels, 11-12 May.
12 May 2006
Science city second stop for NATO-Russia Rally
On 12 May, Novosibirsk, the informal capital of Siberia and home to one of the worlds largest concentration of scientists, played host to a day of discussions on NATO-Russia scientific cooperation.
13 May 2006
Yekaterinburg - defence reform in the spotlight
Yekaterinburg, third stop on the NATO-Russia Rally, saw academics, officials and students debating new security challenges and how armed forces can reorient themselves to tackle them.
13 May 2006
NATO School at the Air Defence School in Algeria
General Amrani (l) meets with Colonel Ujj Photo by SGM Sjon Selles, NATO School PAO
From 13 to 17 May, the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, conducted a training mission the Air Defence School in Rghaia, Algeria.
15 May 2006
NATO-Russia Rally close to halfway mark
Well over a 1000 kilometres from its starting point in Vladivostok, the NATO Russia-Rally has moved from Siberia to the European part of the Russian Federation with a stop in Samara on 15 May.
16 May 2006
NATO officials visit Islamabad
The NATO Deputy Secretary General Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo visited Islamabad from 9 to 11 May 2006 and met with President Pervez Musharraf and other Pakistani officials.
16 May 2006
Moroccan parliamentarians visit NATO HQ
Members of the Moroccan Parliament, headed by the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Abdellatif Stambouli, visited NATO Headquarters on 16 May.
17 May 2006
NATO presence vital to talks, says Kosovo envoy
Briefing NATO decision-makers in Brussels, the UNs Special Envoy to Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, said NATOs security presence was vital to the ongoing talks on the provinces future status.
17 May 2006
Russia Rally comes to Hero City
Historic Volgograd was the fifth stop on the NATO-Rally Russia route, 17 May, with events focusing on overcoming stereotypes and building trust.
18 May 2006
Algerian parliamentarians visit NATO HQ
Members of the National Popular Assembly and the Senate of Algeria visited NATO Headquarters on 18 May and met with NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
19 May 2006
Russia moves closer to Active Endeavour
Preparations continue for the Russian Navy to join NATOs counter-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean with Russian frigate RFS Pitliviy conducting joint training with NATO ships from 19 May to 4 June.
19 May 2006
NATO and Moldova intensify cooperation
The North Atlantic Council on 19 May approved the first Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with the Republic of Moldova.
19 May 2006
NATO-Russia Rally arrives in Moscow
All roads in Russia do ultimately lead to Moscow – and the NATO-Russia Rally was no exception.
19 May 2006
Secretary General visits Portugal
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visited Lisbon on 19 May for discussions which focused on the political preparations for NATOs Riga Summit this November.
22 May 2006
Riga Summit logo unveiled
The logo of the Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government, which is to be held in the Latvian capital Riga on 28 and 29 November, was presented at a special ceremony at NATO HQ, accompanied by a jazz concert and photo exhibition.
22 May 2006
NATO-Russia Rally goes from Moscow to Murmansk
The NATO-Russia Rally made its northernmost stop when it came to Murmansk, 22 May, for a programme which focused on the need for effective multilateral cooperation.
22 May 2006
NATO Academy in Odessa
The Center for International Studies at the National Mechnikov University organized its first NATO Academy for junior faculty members and PhD students from 22 to 24 May 2006 in the port city of Odessa, with the support of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine.
22 May 2006
NATO recognizes Montenegrin referendum outcome
In a statement on 22 May, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer congratulated the Montenegrin authorities and the Montenegrin people for having held a free, fair and orderly referendum.
24 May 2006
Historic Pskov is penultimate NATO-Russia Rally stop
Pskov, well over a thousand years old and one of Russia’s oldest cities, played host to the penultimate NATO-Russia Rally stop and a day of debate on NATO-Russia military-military cooperation.
26 May 2006
NATO-Russia Rally ends with call for dialogue
NATO’s biggest ever public diplomacy event in Russia ended in Kaliningrad on 26 May with a call for more dialogue in order to build trust and understanding.
29 May 2006
Egyptian parliamentarians visit NATO HQ
Members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the Egyptian Parliament, headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Abdel Aziz Mohmoud Moustafa, visited NATO Headquarters on 29 May and met with NATO Secretary General Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
30 May 2006
UN Humanitarian envoy visits NATO
The United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, discussed Darfur and the role of the military in disaster relief during a visit to NATO on 30 May.
31 May 2006
NATO parliamentarians get preview of Riga Summit
NATOs Riga Summit will set new guidelines for NATOs operations, relations with partner countries, and take stock of the transformation of Alliance forces, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said in a speech in Paris.

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