|Updated: 19-Nov-2008||IMS News Release|
17 Nov. 2008
Eng. / Fr.
NATO and Partner chiefs of Defence
to meet at
Top military officers of the Alliance’s member and Partner nations will convene at NATO HQ, Brussels, on 19-20 November 2008, for their Autumn meeting. This is the second of three meetings per year for the NATO Chiefs of Defence, NATO’s highest military authority.
More than 60 Chiefs of Defence from NATO members, Partnership-for-Peace nations, the Mediterranean Dialogue countries and Ukraine will be in attendance. Chiefs of Defence from Albania and Croatia will participate for the first time in their status as NATO Invitee Countries. The Pakistan Chief of Army Staff will also be attending for discussions on the situation in Afghanistan.
There will be several different sessions, including with just the NATO Chiefs of Defence, dealing mainly with operations (taking stock of all NATO-led operations and missions, ISAF and KFOR and maritime operations in particular), and discussing military-related issues in preparations for the next NATO Summit in April 2009.
Additional meetings will be held in Euro Atlantic Partnership Council format (sharing lessons learned from participating in NATO-led operations); with countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (discussions on a common vision on military cooperation); and with Ukraine (update on current progress of NATO-Ukraine 2008 Work Plan and approval of a 2009/10).
Note for the Editor:
Wednesday, 19 November 08
Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available on-line at www.nato.int. shortly after each meeting. A news release summarising the discussions will be issued at the conclusion of the 20 November sessions.
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