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April 2009

Top Stories

NATO Raises Albanian, Croatian Flags

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – A NATO flag-raising ceremony yesterday punctuated the entrance of Albania and Croatia into the 60-year old alliance. Story»

Gates Addresses NATO Summit,
North Korean Missile Launch

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the recent NATO summit, in which allies pledged additional support to Afghanistan, exceeded his expectations. Story»

NATO Pledge to Afghan Mission a ‘Strong Down Payment,’ Obama Said

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2009 – President Barack Obama a pledge by NATO allies to contribute some 5,000 more personnel to Afghanistan represents “a strong down payment” on the mission and in NATO’s future. Story»

Officials Chart Alliance
Future at NATO Summit

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2009 – NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has introduced Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his successor in the alliance post during an end-of-summit press conference in Strasbourg, France. Story»

NATO Council Formally
Welcomes Albania, Croatia

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2009 – Today marked 60 years of operation by welcoming two new countries – Albania and Croatia – to the alliance during a ceremony in Strasbourg, France. Story»

Obama, Sarkozy Share Views on NATO, Russia, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy today remembered the Americans "who fought and died for us" at Normandy as he called for greater integration between the United States and Europe under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Story»

Heads of State Honor NATO
Military Personnel

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2009 – President Barack Obama and heads of state representing the other 28 NATO member countries today honored NATO military personnel who died in service of the alliance's mission. Story»

Afghanistan, Alliance's Future Role Command NATO's Focus at Summit

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 - NATO has pressing issues with Afghanistan and the alliance's future role amid celebrations of its 60th anniversary, President Barack Obama said today. Story»

NATO Remains as Necessary as
Ever, Secretary General Says

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, now more than ever, must hold together to solve some of the world's most pressing problems, NATO's secretary general said on the eve of the alliance's 60th anniversary and summit. Story»

Obama: Youth Have 'Tremendous Responsibility' for Way Ahead

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – Young people have a “tremendous responsibility” in determining the way forward, President Barack Obama told about 300 students and young professionals from more than 50 countries attending the summit in Strasbourg, France. Story»

NATO Prepares for Historic Anniversary, Summit

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2009 – NATO leaders are slated to focus on a broad range of issues at the summit in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, this week against the backdrop of the alliance’s 60th anniversary. Story»

Signs of the Times: When
NATO Was Born in 1949

Harry Truman was in the White House. He had just staged arguably the biggest election upset ever in presidential politics. Junior congressmen and future presidents John Kennedy and Richard Nixon started their second terms. Story»