Riga, 28 May 2010 - NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY KICKS OFF IN RIGA AMID DIVERSE SECURITY CONCERNS
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s spring session was launched Friday in Riga, for five days of debate on the changing issues facing the Alliance.
The discussions between over 320 delegates from 41 countries were expected to be frank, at a time when the
The various committees will be drafting reports and recommendations to submit to NATO on topics ranging from operations in
“The Assembly helps make NATO policies more transparent,” the Assembly’s Secretary General David Hobbs said. “Some people say, ‘all they do is talk’, but it’s a place where important decision-makers get together and discuss ideas. The Assembly is a place where
The head of the Latvian delegation agrees. “We are already looking ahead to future security issues” said Vaira Paegle, member of parliament for the Latvian Pilsoniskā savienība party (Civic Union).
The Assembly not only helps NATO to understand its members’ concerns, but also builds consensus between the national legislators across the
“It goes both ways,” he said. “Parliamentarians vote on defence budgets. And if they don’t understand fully the security challenges that we are facing, then they’re going to be at a disadvantage when it comes to debating in their own parliaments,” he said.
This is an opportunity rather than an obstacle, according to
The frank and open exchange of views, which is not always possible in the more diplomatic forum of NATO’s
Almost all of the NATO’s 28 member states are to be represented in