22 September 2014 - NATO authorities have begun to implement the decisions taken at the Wales Summit and continue the adaptation of NATO command structures to meet the challenges generated by the crises in Ukraine and on NATO’s south-eastern border. Measures taken thus far to reassure NATO’s eastern Allies and Partners are sufficient, a delegation of NATO Parliamentarians learned, though providing the necessary financial resources will be crucial.
Fairbanks, Alaska, 5 September 2014 - while NATO discussed its future direction at the 2014 Wales Summit, Lt Gen Russ Handy, Commander of Alaskan Command, underlined that Alaska was “the most important strategic place in the world”to a visiting delegation of 20 European and US lawmakers of the NATO PA who had come to learn about Alaska’s changing place in global security affairs.
London, 5 September 2014 - Addressing the NATO Summit in Newport, United Kingdom, on 5 September, NATO PA President Hugh Bayley urged Allied Heads of State and Government to take the measure of the challenges facing the Alliance from Russia to the Middle East.
“This summit will turn a page in NATO’s history”, Mr Bayley stressed. “Your decisions should demonstrate both NATO’s unrivalled military might and its political strength. Parliamentarians expect you to take bold, far-reaching decisions – to take some short-term pain to secure longer-term gains. If you do so, we will support you and help you to tell the public why this is necessary”, he assured them.
On Tuesday 2 September, the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly hosted a conference in London for delegates from 17 Alliance member states to discuss issues and themes in the run-up to the NATO Summit in Wales. The conference was chaired by Hugh Bayley MP (Lab, York Central), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell CH CBE QC MP (LD, North East Fife), leader of the UK delegation.
London, 2 September 2014 - “I warmly endorse the website entitled ‘Return to Hope’ which NATO has launched today”, said NATO PA President Hugh Bayley.
“This new website stands as a testimony to the achievements of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, and as a tribute to the work and sacrifices of all those who served there.