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NATO War Council On Afghanistan

  • May 15th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

nato-flags.jpgThe Chiefs of Defence of the 26 NATO countries and 30 partner countries met this month at Brussels (9-10.5.07), for talks headed by a review of the fighting in Afghanistan.

General Ray Henault, Head of the Alliance’s Military Committee, said the Afghanistan operation headed by NATO, against Taliban insurgents, was its main operational priority.

“In the South in particular we have seized the initiative …and have strong momentum from this Spring heading into Summer”, he said.

Emphasis was being put on “military-to-military relations with Afghanistan’s neighbours”, particularly Pakistan, which had recently shown “marked improvement”; and also on building up liaison and training units within the Afghan National Army.

The NATO military chiefs, and other senior officers, also reviewed activities in Kosovo, and relations with Russia and Ukraine.

An Alliance spokesperson said that the so-called Contact Countries in the Afghan operation — Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea – received extensive information but did not participate in the Defence Chiefs meetings, held three times a year.

Picture: NATO headquarters Brussels