From South African Navy: "History is in the making with the South African Navy hosting the first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Submarine Escape and Rescue work Group (SMERWG) meeting, held for the first time outside of Germany. The meeting, held at the Cape Town International Community centre (CTICC) from 25 to 29 May 2009, is attended by 95 delegates from 23 countries." (via digitaljournal.com, photo: South African Navy)
From Hurriyet: "But Solomon Passy, from Bulgaria, drew attention to NATO’s image. A member of parliament and a former foreign minister, Passy highlighted the need to improve the alliance’s image. 'NATO deserves a Nobel Prize for what it did in the last 60 years, but instead it has to defend itself in the press,' Passy said. 'If we succeed in winning public opinion, we can make a huge impact.'"
From Chatham House: "A new European Security and Defence Forum based at Chatham House, in partnership with Finmeccanica and with the support of the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali, has been launched to analyze political and strategic developments in Europe. The Forum will examine what the implications might be for the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy and European Security Strategy, and for the entire European defence industry. The Forum will also assess the prospects for NATO and the transatlantic security relationship, and will look more broadly at key international security challenges."
From RIA Novosti: "Georgia is continuing to militarize even though it clearly has not ruled out using force in regard to its former republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia's NATO envoy said on Friday. 'We have all the necessary information, including classified, about those who continue to deliver weapons to Georgia and at what volumes,' Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station. 'This information is dispiriting.'"
From The Jamestown Foundation: "This week the CSTO defense ministers' meeting in Moscow ended in failure - there was no agreement on the CORF. The CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha told journalists that Armenia and Uzbekistan had blocked progress, 'with Armenia demanding a more concrete date for when the CORF will become operational.'"
From eurasianet.org: "A senior source within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Joint Force Command has told EurasiaNet that Azerbaijan stands a better chance of gaining NATO membership in the near future than either Georgia or Ukraine. 'Earlier, the perception in both Brussels [North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] headquarters] and Baku was that Georgia should integrate into NATO first and Azerbaijan should follow,' the source said. 'However, the situation has changed and it might be that in the year to come Azerbaijan will become the frontrunner. Baku may enter NATO earlier than Ukraine and Georgia.'"
From Associated Press: "It's a problem, Craddock said last month, that puts the entire NATO effort in Afghanistan in doubt. He said the individual restrictions, known in NATO parlance as 'caveats,' seem reasonable at first. 'Then, over time, those start to build on top of each other ... and pretty soon what we've done is we've built a situation where the limitations and constraints start to sink the ship,' he said."
From EasyBourse (AFP): "'I can announce that the next ministerial meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will take place on June 27 in Corfu, where a ministerial meeting of the OSCE is being held,' NATO spokesman James Appathurai said. 'The agenda for the talks has not yet been fixed,' he said, adding however the meeting would take place at the level of foreign ministers and involve Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton."
From atlantic-community.org: "Russia has maintained the Cold War perception that by definition the West confronts Russia. Therefore, the Russian point of view expressed in the new Russian National Security Strategy is that there cannot be any common values and interests and NATO-Russian relations should only be based on mutual respect, which means that NATO should take into account Russian interests in the North-Atlantic region. From the point of view of NATO it would mean to step back from the principle of protecting shared values."
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