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News archive (2008 - 02)

Spouses of NATO officials will enjoy separate program in Vilnius
2008.02.07
Spouses of NATO officials coming to the NATO Defence Ministers meeting will offered a separate cultural program including a tour around Vilnius and a trip to Trakai. In Vilnius spouses will be invited to visit folk artists and craftsmen's fair at Vilnius City Hall and to participate at the reception of Juozas Imbrasas, the Mayor of Vilnius. The guests will be invited to see the program ”Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009", to listen to a concert by band ”Joris" and St. Christopher four-peace band. The guests will also take part at a reception at the National Opera and Ballet House organised on behalf of the National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas.
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Welcoming Remarks by the Lithuanian Minister of Defence
2008.02.07
Mr. Secretary General, dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to welcome you all in Vilnius. The principles of collectiveness, indivisible security and solidarity are the foundation of our Alliance. It is symbolical that we have an opportunity to discuss NATO issues here in Vilnius – a city, which during its long history has been a place of dialogue among different cultures, religions and nations. In 2009, Vilnius will become a European Capital of Culture, but at least for today and tomorrow, Vilnius is the capital of NATO. I believe our discussions will be an important building block on our way to Bucharest. During the next day and a half we should do our best to move forward on several outstanding matters: First, it is important to reconfirm NATO's commitment to projecting stability and security beyond the Euroatlantic area. We have to work on further advancing security and development in Afghanistan. In this effort, it is important to act not on behalf but together with the international community. Strengthening Alliance's relationship with the United Nations and the European Union remains crucial precondition for success. Also, we should give considerable attention to NATO transformation. The Alliance has to be ready to meet security challenges of the 21st century. For this reason, we have to continue developing our most advanced military tool – the NATO Response Force. We will also need to engage into some creative and innovative thinking on cyber defence, energy security, strategic airlift and other issues. This meeting also provides us an opportunity to review our relations with partners. We need to continue reinforcing the relationship between the Alliance and Ukraine. Also, we have to use this occasion to maintain political dialogue with Russia. Finally, using this opportunity, on behalf of Baltic Defence ministers I would like to thank allies for the contribution to the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic states. The current mission ensures that single NATO security standard is maintained in our airspace. For us this mission is of strategic importance. We believe it is a good example of solidarity and effective resource spending. It enables us – the Baltic states – to allocate our resources for the development of capabilities that our Alliance mostly needs in operations. I hope our work today and tomorrow will be fruitful and productive, and you will be able to enjoy your stay in Vilnius. Thank you
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PRT-6 celebrate Pancake Tuesday
2008.02.06
imgMembers of Lithuanian-led Ghowr PRT-6 celebrated Pancake Tuesday on February 5. Folk characters ”Kanapinis" and ”Lasininis" (a slim and a fat guy) fought in a ring as a sign of the beginning of Lent, soldiers burned ”More" to scare away winter, Lithuanian songs were sung.
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NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer arrived in Vilnius
2008.02.06
imgOn the evening of February 6 plane of NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer landed in Vilnius. The guest was met at Vilnius Airport by the National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas and Permanent Ambassador of Lithuania to NATO Linas Linkevičius.
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NATO officials say Vilnius did great preparing for the NATO Defence Ministers meeting
2008.02.05
img”What we found surpassed our expectations. Organisers upholstered premises for the meeting in a comfortable, practical and especially elegant way,” said Head of NATO Defence Ministers Meeting International Staff Working Group Ted Whiteside. Preparation for the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting Group came to Vilnius from Brussels to do evaluation of the meeting venue at the Exposition and Conference Centre ”LITEXPO".
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Institute of Democratic Politics organise discussion ”NATO: values and future perspectives"
2008.02.04
On February 7 Democratic Politics Institute of Vilnius will host discussion ”NATO: values and future perspectives" at Chodkeviciu Palace in Vilnius on occasion of the informal NATO Defence Ministers meeting. The event is aimed at representing security issues in a new and attractive format. The discussion will consist of two parts.
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Lithuania and Macedonia launch military cooperation
2006.02.26
imgOn Feb 25-26 National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas and delegation went on an official visit to Skopje, capital of Macedonia, and signed military cooperation agreement of Lithuania and Macedonia at ministerial level. The agreement was signed by Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas and Defence Minister of Macedonia Lazar Elenovski.
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