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Foreign Ministers meet in Hungary

Foreign Ministers from NATO member and partner countries gathered at the Budapest Convention Centre, 29-30 May, for their traditional Spring meetings. Introducing the main items of discussion in an opening statement, NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson stated that the "Alliance […] has played a crucial role in ending Europe's division, and is now playing an equally pivotal role bringing the continent closer together".

The busy two-day schedule of meetings was dominated by the current tensions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1) and overall developments in the Balkans, NATO-EU cooperation and the new challenges confronting the Alliance, such as missile defence and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The meetings also focused on strengthening NATO's partnerships and its relations with Russia and Ukraine.

More information on:

  • North Atlantic Council meeting
  • NATO-Russia PJC meeting
  • Challenges in South East Europe
  • NATO-EU Ministerial meeting
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) meeting
  • NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting
European integration of South East Europe

The theme "Key steps for European integration: promoting peace and prosperity in South East Europe" is the theme of a four-day conference currently taking place in the coastal city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, 28 -31 May.

NATO course in Kazakhstan

A regional course on Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) is being held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, 28 May - 1 June. Participants from Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries are being introduced to the organisation, functions and procedures of these two areas of activity and will exchange information on the region.

  1. Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
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Upcoming Meetings

Foreign Ministers' Meetings
Budapest, Hungary
29-30 May 2001

Defence Ministers' Meetings NATO HQ, Brussels
7-8 June 2001
Special Meeting of the North Atlantic Council with the participation of Heads of State and Government
NATO HQ, Brussels
13 June 2001
Informal Defence Ministers
Naples, Italy
26-27 Sept. 2001
NATO Handbook 2001

The completely revised 2001 edition of the NATO Handbook, covering current policies and structures of NATO.

A printed version of the new 2001 edition is being prepared and will be available in the coming weeks

New edition of NATO Review
The latest edition (Spring 2001) of the magazine intended to contribute to a constructive discussion of Atlantic issues.
50 years of Infrastructure
Commemorative publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NATO's Infrastructure Committee (.PDF/3.304Kb)
Depleted Uranium

A selection of documents and presentations offering information about depleted uranium.

The new NATO Headquarters
NATO announces an International Architectural Design Competition for its New Headquarters in Brussels.
NATO's role in Kosovo
A historical overview of the developments leading to the crisis in Kosovo and the Allied air campaign, the deployment of the NATO-led KFOR troops in June 1999 and their ongoing activities through Operation Joint Guardian.
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