NATO chief demands "multilateralism with teeth"
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Berlin, Feb 7, IRNA -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Saturday in Munich said NATO had "entered a new phase" and called for "multilateralism with teeth." "NATO has entered a new phase in its evolution. Through enlargement, we are bringing new democracies firmly into the transatlantic community," de Hoop Scheffer told participants at the 40th international security conference in Munich. According to the official, through transatlantic partnerships, notably with Russia, "we are exporting security, and our values, to the regions neighbouring the Euro-Atlantic area." His comments came after his call on the transatlantic community to "put the differences of the past behind," underlining that it was "time to get back to business." "More than any other organisation, NATO squares the circle of multilateralism and effectiveness. That is why this alliance is indispensable," the NATO chief said concluding: "In this 21st century, we need multilateralism with teeth." Some 250 ministers, senior officials and defense experts from over 30 countries are taking part in the two-day conference which will focus on the future of transatlantic ties, NATO and the developments in the Middle East. 2052/214 End
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