25 May 2007 - NATO NEEDS NEW STRATEGIC CONCEPT, SAYS NATO PA PRESIDENT JOSE’ LELLO
President José Lello opened the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly today (Friday) in Madeira, Portugal, with a pledge for the Alliance to elaborate “a new Strategic Concept for adoption at NATO's 60th anniversary”.
“As a parliamentarian I believe,” Mr Lello said, “it is imperative that we present our publics with a clear and comprehensive vision of what we want the
The four-day session brings together some 300 national parliamentarians from NATO countries, associate delegations from Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia; Mediterranean Associate delegations from Algeria, Israel, Jordan and some nations with observer status.
In a wide-ranging speech, Mr. Lello outlined some of the issues parliamentarians are set to debate, including the recent debate about missile defence in Europe, following the negotiations on the deployment of US missile defence assets on the
The NATO PA President particularly emphasised the two major military commitments of the
The deliberations in the UN Security Council over the future of Kosovo are equally significant for
These and other challenges require, according to Mr. Lello, that the