NATO ministers to review new mission statement

AP News
Posted: Oct 11, 2010 4:09 AM
NATO ministers to review new mission statement

NATO ministers will this week consider changes in the alliance's mission statement designed to bridge a rift between the U.S., which favors a greater international role for the alliance, and European nations that want it to retain its traditional defensive focus.

NATO spokesman James Appathurai says Thursday's meeting of defense and foreign ministers will focus on reforming the Cold War alliance to allow it to deal with emerging threats such as missile defense. Ministers also will review progress in Afghanistan, NATO's first ground war.

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The meeting is the final opportunity to discuss such issues ahead of a meeting of the alliance's heads of state Nov. 20 in Lisbon, Portugal, where NATO's new strategic concept will be unveiled.