28 October 2010 - INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATORS TO DEBATE ALLIANCE SECURITY ISSUES AT NATO PA ANNUAL SESSION IN WARSAW
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session, hosted by the Polish Parliament, will begin on Friday 12 November. Over 320 legislators from NATO member and partner countries - ranging from the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Georgia, to Afghanistan, will meet in Warsaw for five days of discussion of key security issues on the threshold of NATO’s Lisbon Summit.
Governance challenges and preparing the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)for transition will feature prominently on the agendas as will relations with
The Assembly’s five Committees will be addressed on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November by senior Polish officials such as Ambassador Jacek NAJDER, Undersecretary of State; Dr Bogdan KLICH, Minister of National Defence; Lt Gen. Mieczyslaw CIENIUCH, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces and Dr Lukasz KULESA, Deputy Director of Strategic Analyses Department at the National Security Bureau.
International and Polish senior analysts and specialists will also brief the Committees on major security concerns. These include Dr EJ HOGENDOORN, Horn of Africa Project Director at the International Crisis Group; Frank BOLAND, Director of Force Planning at NATO, and Ambassador Jacek BYLICA, Head of NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction Centre.
The Plenary Session on Tuesday 16 November (live broadcast on the internet) will be addressed by NATO PA President, Congressman John TANNER; Donald TUSK, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland; Grzegorz SCHETYNA, Marshal of the Sejm; and Ambassador Janez LENARCIC, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN will provide a video address presenting a comprehensive update on all the topics of the Lisbon Summit, including the latest developments regarding NATO’s new Strategic Concept.
“We are all looking forward to the outcome of the Lisbon Summit, and especially to the new Strategic Concept,” said NATO PA Secretary General David HOBBS. “The Assembly has been closely involved in the consultations leading up this new Strategic Concept and Assembly Vice-President, Sven MIKSER (Estonia), handed the Assembly’s recommendations to Secretary General Anders FOGH RASMUSSEN personally earlier this year”
“Mr RASMUSSEN would have dearly liked to be present at the
“From my exchanges with Mr FOGH RASMUSSEN, I know that as a former parliamentarian of longstanding himself, he fully appreciates the essential role played by
Mr TANNER and Mrs Jadwiga ZAKRZEWSKA, Head of the Polish Delegation to the NATO PA, will give a press briefing on Friday 12 November at 11:00. In the afternoon the leaders of the member delegations and of the Russian Federal Assembly will meet in an “at 29” format (NATO-Russia Parliamentary Committee). Professor Adam ROTFELD, Former Foreign Minister of Poland, Co Chairman of the Polish-Russian Working Group on Difficult Matters at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and Igor IVANOV, currently professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
The complete programme available here