Secretary General Lord Robertson
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
NATO Spokesman Yves Brodeur
September 20, 2001
NATO SPOKESMAN YVES BRODEUR: Thank you very much and welcome to this very brief
point de presse with the Secretary General of the organization, Lord Robertson,
and the Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. We'll have to be extremely
brief. Mr. Armitage has a very tight program and he must be very rigorous. So
we will open the floor for two comments and then we'll have time for only three
questions afterwards. Thank you very much.
SECRETARY GENERAL LORD ROBERTSON: Thank you. This has been a very valuable
meeting with the highest level representative of the United States Administration
to come here to NATO Headquarters since we invoked Article Five last week. Mr.
Armitage was not here to ask the Alliance for anything. He was here to brief,
and to give information, and we've had a very good discussion about these things.
The Allies -- all of NATO and the individual Allies -- are determined to collectively
contribute and cooperate with other members of the International Community to
this fight. It may be a long fight, but we hope successful fight against terrorism.
But today, each of the Allies who contributed to the discussion underlined yet
again the firmness of the Alliance members' solidarity with the United States
at this difficult time. A very important meeting has taken place. I'll ask Mr.
Armitage if he'll speak to us briefly.
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ARMITAGE: Thank you Mr. Secretary General. Thank
you very much for having me. The President and the Secretary of State of the
United States asked me to come here for several purposes. The first, and I think
most important, is to note with great sadness that all but three of the member
nations lost citizens in this terrible attack on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon. And in the name of the United States I wanted to express condolences
to the nations who lost citizens in that heinous crime. Second, I wanted to
express our enormous admiration and appreciation for the very rapid invocation
of Article Five. This is something that gives the United States a great deal
of both comfort and confidence Mr. Secretary General. And third, I came here
to share information: to talk about the grand coalition that President Bush
is trying to put together and to make the point very dramatically and graphically
that this is a global war on terrorism. It doesn't just stop in Afghanistan.
So thank you very much for having me Mr. Secretary General.
NATO SPOKESMAN YVES BRODEUR: Please identify yourself and keep your questions
QUESTION: My name is Boda from Czech Television. I wonder, following the news
from the German press, if you are or are not afraid that NATO might become the
next target of any further attacks by the terrorists.
SECRETARY GENERAL LORD ROBERTSON: I don't think that you would expect me to
say anything about our security measures, but you can be sure that we are well
prepared to deal with any threat to this Headquarters.
QUESTION: Klaus from ZDF. Mr. Armitage, how does NATO solidarity now materialize?
Did you ask something new from NATO other than Article Five?
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ARMITAGE: No. I didn't, as I said, come here to ask
for anything. I came here to share with good Allies the information we have.
I did point out that in this coalition building there is a continuum from, on
the one hand, rhetorical or political support for activities on this global
attack on terrorism. It runs the gamut to sharing of intelligence, sharing of
financial information, perhaps overflight rights etc. And at the far end of
the continuum is the possibility of some military activity either together or
unilaterally. But, no decisions have been made, and I didn't come here to request
any particular thing.
NATO SPOKESMAN YVES BRODEUR: We have time for one question. Last question please.
QUESTION: Mr. Armitage. Judy Dempsey from the Financial Times. What did you
get from Russia while you were there? What did you tell the NAC Council after
your meeting with Russia?
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ARMITAGE: Well I briefed the NAC Council about the
general content of my discussions with Deputy Foreign Minister Trubnikov and
his colleagues, and mentioned very briefly the discussions that Foreign Minister
Ivanov had with both Secretary Powell and with President Bush. The press statement
that was issued following our meeting in Moscow indicated that the Russian Government
was prepared to give all possible support, and I discussed that very briefly
with the NAC. Thank you.
QUESTION: Matt Kiminski from the Wall Street Journal. What can the Europeans
offer beyond political support? Can you go into any more details?
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ARMITAGE: If I can talk generically -- I don't want
to speak specifically about any nation or any organization -- this is going
to be a sustained campaign on terrorism. And I think it is quite clear to most,
if not all, in this room that this is not just military in nature. Its political,
its economic, it will mean sharing of intelligence. So I think there is a role
of some sort for every nation who is disgusted by terrorism and has had enough.
SECRETARY GENERAL LORD ROBERTSON: Thank you very much.
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE ARMITAGE: Thank you very much.