29.11.2006 Photo by Aivars Liepiņš
Issued by the Heads of State and Government
participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council
in Riga on 29 November 2006
1. We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, reaffirm today in Riga our resolve to meet the security challenges of the 21st century and defend our populations and common values, while maintaining a strong collective defence as the core purpose of our Alliance. Our 26 nations are united in democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law, and faithful to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.
Read it all http://www.nato.int/docu/pr/2006/p06-150e.htm
NATO Secetary General's news conference
Part 1 VIDEO / AUDIO
Part 2 VIDEO / AUDIO
Part 3 VIDEO / AUDIO
Meeting in Riga, NATO Heads of State and Government endorsed the Comprehensive Political Guidance, a major policy document that sets out the priorities for all Alliance capability issues, planning disciplines and intelligence for the next 10 to 15 years.
The Guidance analyses the probable future security environment, acknowledging the possibility of unpredictable events.
It recognizes that for the foreseeable future, the principal threats to the Alliance are terrorism and proliferation, as well as failing states, regional crises, misuse of new technologies and disruption of the flow of vital resources.
for service in the operational theatres of the alliance followed by one minute silence
Les réunions au sommet comme celle-ci sont l’occasion pour les plus hauts responsables politiques de l’OTAN de se rencontrer, de débattre des grandes questions transatlantiques à l’ordre du jour et de tracer la voie à suivre par l’Alliance. Comme vous le savez, l’OTAN est une organisation politico-militaire.
Notre fondement, notre pilier, c'est notre capacité militaire.
, President, GMF - The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Moderator: Alexander Nicoll, Director of Defense Analysis, International Institute for Strategic Studies VIDEO / AUDIO
Welcome by Mr. Craig Kennedy
"Prince Philip and I begin today in Vilnius our first visit to the Baltic States to mark the achievements of all three nations in these recent years. You have emerged from the shadow of the Soviet Union and blossomed as sovereign states, taking up your rightful places in the international community and as respected members of the European Union and NATO. It is a transformation - political, economic and social - for which there are few parallels in the history of Europe."
- Queen Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom