German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Norwegian counterpart St?re have called on NATO countries to do more for disarmament. This call comes at a time when important international control regimes such as the CFE Treaty and the Non-Proliferation Treaty are at risk of coming unravelled. The Ministers discussed the proposal Friday (7 December) in Brussels with the other NATO Foreign Ministers. The goal is to identify areas in which NATO can better define its profile on disarmament, arms control and nuclear non-proliferation.
(From: Auswaertiges Amt)
On the sidelines of the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement:
"We in NATO must again give disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation the attention they once had!
NATO has in the past always done well to emphasize not only its military potential but also its readiness to enter into dialogue and cooperation ? on matters including disarmament. This approach has paved the way for many of the Alliance's political successes.
I have with my Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr St?re therefore outlined a new initiative for NATO. We are glad that our partners in the Alliance responded favourably to our proposal, and hope that we will make further progress on it in the run-up to the Bucharest Summit."
The German-Norwegian initiative builds on the idea that establishing security requires a combination of military and political instruments. It is based on the one hand on deterrence and military strength, and on the other hand on d?tente and stabilization. This same approach is reflected in NATO's Strategic Concept of 1999.