lördag, april 13, 2013

Usa förbereder årets Nato-övningar i Baltikum, SydKorea och Bosnien,

 U.S. Prepares This Year’s NATO Military Exercises In The Baltic

12 april 2013   Stop Nato! Opposition to global militarism

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Kiel Tyskland: Representanter från 10 nationer möttes för att planera den 41a 'Exercise Baltic Operations' (BALTOPS) vid  flottbasen i Kiel, Tyskland, 9-11 april. BALTOPS 13, som årligen besöks av Förenta Staternas Flotta, siktar på att förbättra den maritima säkerheten i Baltiska Havet genom ökad inter-operabilitet och samarbete bland regionala allierade.

Under konferensen, med tyska flottan som värd, arbetade deltagarna på att säkra logistiken och scheduling requirements for a challenging training schedule would be met. Förutom att fokusera på framtiden, övade deltagarna förmågan att planera kombinerade operationer med en multinationell besättning.

“Planeringskonferenser är en viktig del för att uppnå våra övergripande mål,” sa Lt. Cmdr. Justin Hsu, högsta övningsplanerare för Usas FlottStyrkor  Europa-Afrika/Usas 6e flotta. “Vi drar samman militärer från våra olika nationer med diverse bakgrunder, och får dom att bokstavligt och bildligt att tala samma språk för att planera en gemensam övning.”

 Som värd för planeringskonferensen har den tyska flottan ansvaret för en framgångsrik integrering av de 80 som planerar, vilka som skall delta-“Vi har klart visat alla deltagande nationers förmågan att planera och utveckla koalitionsstyrkornas operationer på den här nivån,” sa Tyska flottans befälhavare Jens Herfurth, övningens högste planerare för Tyskland. “De utmanande arbetsdagarna har fostrat en gemensam förståelse mellan deltagarna, vilka därmed fullföljer ett högre mål för  BALTOPS – vilket blivit en stor succe.” För närvarande planerar 12 nationer att delta med mer än 40 fartyg, flyg och Ubåt.
“Usa är den som ska stärka vårt regionala partnerskap och hålla fram säkerheten till sjöss och säkerheten i Baltiska Sjön,” sa Kapten William Suggs, Usas FlottAttaché i Tyskland, som deltog i planeringen. “Det arbete vi gjort här i Kiel och denna sommars BALTOPS övning, är största exempel på den förpliktelsen.”
Den tvåveckor långa övningen planerades börja i Lettland med en hamn-fas och summeras i Tyskland att fira  en kick-off  för den årliga flottveckan i Kiel. Länder som deltar i planeringskonferensen inkluderar Danmark, Finland, Georgien, Tyskland, Lettland, Litauen, Nederländerna, Polen, Sverige och Usa.

övers Ingrid Ternert



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NATO Across the Globe: First Secretary General Visit To South Korea
First visit by a NATO Secretary General to Republic of Korea focuses on cooperation
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The Alliance and the Republic of Korea are already working together in many areas, including Afghanistan, where Korean personnel have operated a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Parwan…
Regarding the situation in the Korean peninsula, the Secretary General reiterated NATO’s strong condemnation of North Korea’s actions, which he said “pose a serious threat to regional and international peace, security and stability.”

 The Alliance looks forward to stepping up its partnership with the Republic of Korea, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday (12 April 2013) during a three-day long-planned visit to Seoul, the first ever by a NATO Secretary General. “NATO’s partnership with the Republic of Korea is still young, but it has great potential,” he said.
The Secretary General is in the Republic of Korea for talks with President Park Guen-hye as well as with other top government officials to explore ways of expanding cooperation.“Today’s security challenges are global and in many cases the most effective way to deal with them is to work with partners from around the globe,” Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said.

He said that NATO and Korea faced the same security challenges, such as piracy, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cyber attacks, which can only be dealt with through increased cooperation. The Secretary General suggested closer cooperation in areas like logistics, military education and training, and disaster relief. “The dialogue and cooperation between NATO and the Republic of Korea are strong. And my visit is a clear signal that we are determined to make our partnerships even stronger in the future”, said Mr. Fogh Rasmussen.

The Alliance and the Republic of Korea are already working together in many areas, including Afghanistan, where Korean personnel have operated a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Parwan and provided financial aid to the Afghan National Army Trust Fund. The Secretary General said it was important for NATO and its partners to build on their cooperation developed during the Afghan mission. “In Afghanistan we have learned the skills we need to work together and the value of working together. Those are lessons we must keep and build on,” said Mr. Fogh Rasmussen.

Regarding the situation in the Korean peninsula, the Secretary General reiterated NATO’s strong condemnation of North Korea’s actions, which he said “pose a serious threat to regional and international peace, security and stability.”
“North Korea stands in continued defiance of the will of the international community. I urge the North Korean authorities to immediately stop such destabilising actions and its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, which are in blatant violation of United Nations Security resolutions.

I call on Pyongyang to refrain from any further provocations and to fulfil its international obligations to fully implement all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions”, he said.  During his visit to Seoul the Secretary General also met with Speaker of the National Assembly Kang Chang-hee, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se and Minister of Defence Kim Kwan Jin.

Bosnia Hosts Global NATO: 56 Nations On Five Continents

Sarajevo hosts NATO Partnership Workshop
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NATO, Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, Partners across the Globe: when NATO meets with it partner nations that is a lot of countries, people and organizations coming together. This was apparent in the Military Partnership Coordination Workshop hosted by Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 18 to 22 March 2013.

Led by SHAPE Military Cooperation Directorate, the Workshop was attended by representatives of 28 partner countries in a large, intense and fast-paced event where they could meet and be briefed by all levels of NATO headquarters in regional syndicates, bilateral meetings and plenary briefings.

The Workshop was chaired by Major General Sandor FUCSKU Deputy Chief of Staff Military Cooperation Directorate, a Bi-Strategic post under both Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation. The guest of honour was General Mieczyslaw BIENIEK Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.

The event ran in parallel to an Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation and Feedback Programme Road Map Talks as well as a full General and Flag Officers Programme. “With all these events taking place there was a massive exchange of information and the participants will be analyzing and acting upon the results of this workshop for many months into the future,” said Brigadier General Wolfgang RICHTER, J9 Division Head, Joint Force Command Naples.

“The high value of this event to NATO and the partner countries was more than evident in every aspect of the workshop …“Everyone heard the briefers stress NATO’s future being a shared one with its partners and how they need to be at the very core of our risk assessment,” said Colonel Bruno Costantini, Head of the Military Cooperation Branch at JFC Naples.

“I and my staff were able to engage with most of the nations we are responsible for and we will now, with the support of our own HQ, turn all this information and knowledge into as much action as possible”.