06 December, 2007
The Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers is taking place on Friday, 7 December in Brussels. Greece is represented at the meeting by Foreign Minister Ms. Dora Bakoyannis. The 26 Allied Ministers of Foreign Affairs will discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and the region of the Western Balkans in general, and they will also exchange views on NATO’s enlargement process in relation to the agenda of the Bucharest summit to be held in spring 2008. The Greek Foreign Minister will be in Brussels on Thursday afternoon (6.12) to attend a dinner hosted by Belgian Foreign Minister Mr. Karel de Gucht. On the margins of the summit, Ms. Bakoyannis will also meet with her US counterpart Ms. Condoleezza Rice. The Friday morning agenda includes the issues of Afghanistan, Kosovo, and the Western Balkans. Also to be discussed are the accession perspective of the MAP countries, i.e. Albania, Croatia, and FYROM, ΝΑΤΟ’s response to 21st century security challenges, the "comprehensive approach”, i.e. efforts undertaken by the international community to tackle modern security challenges with the use of both military and civilian means and capabilities, securing cyberspace, armament control and disarmament, as well as energy security.
The Russian Foreign Minister will also be in Brussels to attend the NATO-Russia Council, whose agenda includes the current cooperation in Kosovo and Afghanistan, involvement in the naval counter-terrorism Operation “Active Endeavour”, terrorism, and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty).
Ministers will attend a working lunch along with their counterparts from the countries of the Mediterranean Dialogue (Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Israel, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia). There will also be a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, to assess progress of the NATO-Ukraine cooperation, and Ministers will also examine cooperation within the framework of: the “Active Endeavour” operation, KFOR (Kosovo), NTM-I (ΝΑΤΟ Training Mission in Iraq) and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan). More…
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