For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 13, 2001
Remarks by the President at Opening of NATO Meeting
11:44 A.M. (L)
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary General, thank you very much. It's an honor for me to be here. It's an honor to say hello to folks who I've had the honor of meeting before. And it's a real pleasure to meet other leaders in the free world.
Our nations established NATO to provide
security for the free peoples of Europe and North America; to build a
grand alliance of freedom to defend values which were won at great
cost. We've succeeded, in part.
The NATO alliance deterred the Soviet
Union. It provided the time and space for free peoples to
defeat communism. And it brought the Cold War to a bloodless
end. Now, we have a great opportunity to build a Europe
whole, free and at peace, with this grand alliance of liberty at its
That work has begun. By bringing in
new members, we extend the security and stability through central
Europe. By establishing the partnership for peace, we
reached out across central and eastern Europe and
Eurasia. By our actions in the Balkans, we halted ethnic
cleansing in the heart of Europe and halted a dictator in the process.
Yet, there is more to do. We must
strengthen our alliance, modernize our forces and prepare for new
threats. We must expand cooperation with our partners,
including Russia and the Ukraine. And we must extend our
hands and open our hearts to new members, to build security for all of
Next year, we meet in the ancient capital of a
new democracy, our ally. Prague will host our next summit in
November of 2002. In preparation for that meeting, we must
affirm our enduring commitments by preparing for the challenges of our
Thank you, Mr. Secretary.
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