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Special Report / NATO At The Chicago Summit (6): The Alliance Declares Achievement Of Summit’s Goals But Now It Is Time For Taking Real Action..!


NATO Summit: Achieving Goals…

  • NATO leaders concluded a decisive summit in Chicago on 21 May, taking key decisions on theAlliance’s future engagement inAfghanistan, military capabilities and worldwide partnerships.
  • “We came to Chicago with three goals. And we have met them. We have focused on the future ofAfghanistan. We have decided to invest smartly in our defence even in times of austerity. And we have engaged with our partners around the world to address the challenges we all face in the 21st century,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the two-day series of meetings. / NATO /
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NATO: Building Cooperative Security With Partners…

  • The Secretary General was speaking after the final session of the summit – a unique meeting with 13 partner countries from around the world which have recently made particular political, operational, and financial contributions to NATO-led operations.
  • “All our partners share NATO’s desire to build security, but they contribute to our work in many different ways,” the Secretary General said. “Today, we thanked them for their valuable support, their commitment, and their insights.”

  • NATO is committed to building cooperative security with partners – finding global solutions to deal with global problems.
  • “We agreed there is great potential to enhance our political dialogue and our practical cooperation,” the Secretary General said. / NATO /

NATO: Transition Of Security Responsibility InAfghanistanBy The End Of 2014…

  • The Summit set out a strategy for concluding the transition of security responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014, and delivered a strong commitment to supporting the Afghan forces after that date.


  • “Here in Chicago, we have charted the course to complete our current mission inAfghanistan. And we have made clear our collective commitment to a stable and secureAfghanistan, together with our Afghan partners and the international community as a whole,” the Secretary General said.
  • Alliance leaders agreed that NATO is ready to work towards establishing, at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a new post-2014 mission inAfghanistan, to train, advice and assist the Afghan forces. This will not be a combat mission. / NATO /

NATO: Tackling Security Challenges In Times Of Economic Austerity…

  • Leaders also took a series of decisions designed to make sure that theAllianceremains capable of tackling the full range of security challenges, even in times of economic austerity.
  • “Here in Chicago, we agreed to implement a renewed culture of cooperation, so that nations can achieve together what they cannot achieve alone. We put it into practice by agreeing on projects which will provide the capabilities we need, at a price we can afford,” the Secretary General said.
  • Alliance leaders expressed their appreciation for the generous hospitality provided by the Government of theUnited Statesand the people and City ofChicago.
  • “Chicago is famous for thinking big and for doing great things. You have just organized the biggest summit in NATO’s history, and you have done it with great style. The decisions we have taken here in Chicagowill reinforce the vital bond between North America and Europeand strengthen NATO for the years ahead,” the Secretary General said. / NATO /


NATO: “Smart Defense” In Times Of Economic Crisis…

  • NATO just after the Chicago Summit has to work hard for meeting current global security challenges at different levels.
  • The post-war situation in Afghanistan is a main organizational challenge with regional and global geopolitical implications. Security forces are just not enough for re-building societies and offering hope to people.
  • Finally, current global economic crisis shadows everything with an emphasis on the reduction of defense spending in Europe and theU.S.“Smart Defense” has to prove its effectiveness in practical terms and as it was re-defined by the NATO’sSummitinChicago. / NATO /



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