Updated: 05-May-2010 IMS News Release

5-6 May 2010


NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Staff session

Brussels, 05-06 May 2010, NATO HQ

Media Advisory

From the event
NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence session - 5-6 May 2010

Brussels – NATO’s Military Committee will meet in Chiefs of Defence Staff (CHODs) session on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 May 2010 at NATO HQ, Brussels.  Discussions will focus on the progress made in NATO led operations, transformation, resources and co-operation.

In addition to the NATO Chiefs of Defence, the CHODS from Non-NATO Troop Contributing Nations to KFOR and ISAF will also be present. NATO’s two Strategic Commanders, Adm. Stavridis (Supreme Allied Commander Operations) and Gen. Abrial (Supreme Allied Commander Transformation), as well as Gen. Syrén, Chairman of the EU Military Committee, will participate in discussions on NATO’s operations. Gen. Bentler, KFOR Commander and Mr. de Kermabon, Head of  Mission, EULEX, will join the MC for discussions on Kosovo.

For the meeting with the ISAF Non NATO Troop Contributing Nations, Gen. McChrystal, ISAF Commander, together with Amb. Sedwill,  NATO Senior Civilian Representative, will join the Military Committee via VTC.

In NATO-Russia Council format, the development and implementation of the NATO-Russia Work Plan 2011 will be discussed. NATO CHODs will also have the opportunity to discuss future cooperation and defence reforms with their Ukraine and Georgian colleagues.  

In the margin of these events, a Memorandum of Understanding on “Air Situation Data Exchange” between NATO and Ukraine, will be signed by Gen. Ivan Svyda, Ukraine CHOD, Gen. İlker Başbuğ, Turkish CHOD, and Adm. James G. Stavridis, SACEUR.

More information on the NATO Military Committee can be found on this website: www.nato.int/ims

Media opportunities

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

  1. Media Pool pick up, 07.45, Press Area
    First session of the MC Conference, opening remarks by Admiral Di Paola.              (08.00, Room 16, NATO HQ)
  2. Media Pool pick up, 15.15, Press Area
    Signing of the Memory of Understanding between NATO and Ukraine on Air Situation Data Exchange (15.30, Room 16, NATO HQ)

Thursday, 6 May 2010

16.00, Luns Room, NATO HQ
Press Conference with Admiral Di Paola, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee

Photos and video of all opening sessions will be available on-line at www.nato.int/ims  shortly after each meeting.

Journalists wishing to cover these opportunities will be able to access NATO HQ on presentation of a NATO accreditation pass or a valid press pass.

Point of contact for the Military Committee meetings:
Col. Massimo Panizzi or Mr. Tom Monballiu
Tel:  +32 2 707 5983 / 7893

General press arrangements:         
Mrs. Karen Dehaes
Public Affairs Officer, IMS.
Tel:  +32 2 707 5423

Mr. Jean-Marc Lorgnier   
Tel: +32 2 707 5006

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