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Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte. Following opening statements, the secretary general and prime minister answer questions from the media. Also available in high definition. Transcript of the opening remarks by the NATO Secretary General: Good afternoon. It is indeed a great pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Rutte back to NATO headquarters. The Netherlands is a strong and reliable ally. And I would like to thank you, to thank your country for your staunch support of NATO’s missions and operations. We welcome your intention to contribute two batteries to the expected deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey. This is a strong signal of Allied solidarity. The deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation. Its aim is to deter any threats to Turkey, and to defend Turkey’s population and territory on NATO’s south-eastern border. Because the ultimate task of our Alliance is the protection and defense of our members. In Afghanistan, your police training mission does great work in the Kunduz province. Your jets provide necessary air cover for ISAF troops. Your naval forces have just ended a successful rotation in our anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. And you contribute to our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for all the people of Kosovo. This shows the value and importance the Netherlands places on its membership in NATO. And we are very grateful for all your contributions. We know they are made despite difficult economic times. In fact, the Netherlands is leading the way on Smart Defense. This enables you to use your defense budget more efficiently. Of the 22 multinational projects which we approved at the Chicago Summit this year, you participate in no less than 17. That is remarkable and we are very grateful for that. You are also working closely with Belgium and Luxembourg to make your maritime command and other capabilities more effective. This is collective security at its best. So once again, let me thank you for your country’s commitment to NATO. I look forward to continuing our close cooperation in the future.


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Date Taken:12.13.2012

Date Posted:12.13.2012 11:39AM

Category:Briefings

Video ID:193259

Filename:DOD_100666466

Length:00:09:48

Location:BRUXELLES (BRUSSEL), BRU, BE

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Transcript:
Good morning. As you know, the situation on NATO’s south-eastern border is of great concern. Turkey has asked for Alliance support. And we stand in full solidarity with Turkey. I would expect NATO allies to make a decision later today. I am confident we will demonstrate our determination to deter against any threats and defend our ally. Because this is what our alliance is all about. As we have already made clear, any deployment would be defensive only. It would in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation. I have already told that to foreign minister Lavrov in the spirit of full transparency. And I expect NATO ministers to repeat it when we meet in the NATO-Russia Council shortly. The dialogue between NATO and Russia is based on reciprocal transparency, trust and confidence. And our aim remains to build a strategic partnership. This year we have made good progress on practical cooperation, in areas such as Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics. We are going in the right direction. But we need to put new energy into our relationship, and look at how we can boost cooperation over the next years. Tomorrow, we will meet the foreign minister of Georgia, a dedicated partner and one of the countries which aspires to join the Alliance. We will recognize the progress that Georgia has made and encourage all parties to keep up the momentum of democratic reforms. Georgia has shown exemplary commitment to our mission in Afghanistan and tomorrow, we will discuss with all our partners in ISAF the question of long-term funding for the Afghan forces as part of the broad international effort. This is an essential part of our shared strategy for a stable Afghanistan. We are committed to play our part in developing appropriate, coherent and effective funding for the Afghan forces. And the Afghan government has committed to take on more and more of the funding over time. Making sure that those commitments are met will be vital for Afghanistan, for NATO and for the whole international community. With that, I am ready to take your questions.

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