Rasmussen says Nato summit to strengthen commitment to shared responsibility

May 20, 2012
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The commitment of the North American and European allies to shared responsibility and leadership will be demonstrated by the decisions to be taken at the Chicago Summit, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato Secretary General, has said.

“By working more closely together, we will prevent the financial crisis from turning into a security crisis,” he said. “We will ensure that, by the end of this decade and into the next, Nato emerges not just as a leaner alliance, but also one that is stronger and more flexible,” he said ahead of the Nato summit in Chicago on May 20-21.

Sharing the responsibility means each member plays a full, fair and active part in all aspects of the allaince’s activities.

“We live in an unpredictable world. Nobody anticipated the Libya crisis last year, but Nato demonstrated that we are capable of responding quickly, flexibly and effectively,” the secretary general said.


The alliance is already implementing its new strategy, but it is doing it against the background of one of the worst economic crises in a generation, Rasmussen said. Several countries are reducing their defence budgets, and the cuts will shape future military capabilities and dictate Nato’s actions.

“We need to maintain the ability to put together complex joint operations, at short notice, with high impact and high precision. So we will continue to need flexible, rapidly deployable forces, as well as the right mix of military capabilities. They include precision-guided munitions, air-to-air refuelling, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets. These are the vital capabilities that help to protect our security and minimise risks; but they are also very expensive. Acquiring them during a financial crisis is a major challenge. But at Chicago, we will demonstrate that we will meet that challenge with a new mindset- Smart Defence,” he said.

Smart Defence is about deciding what to cut, what to keep and where to place priorities, he said.

“It is about allies specialising in what they do best, and also working together to deliver capabilities that are too expensive for any of them to deliver alone,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said that the decisions at the summit in Chicago, one of the most dynamic US cities built on diversity , would shape Nato’s future – an alliance whose members are committed to working together seamlessly, effectively, and efficiently and that is connected with countries and organisations around the world.

“At Chicago, we will meet with representative partners from all regions of the globe. Our vast network of security partnerships is truly unique. By working with partners, we enhance our own security, their security, and the security of the world we all live in. We will see European and North American allies demonstrate their commitment to the shared purpose of our alliance. Together, we will take the necessary decisions to assume our shared responsibility and shared leadership,” he said.

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