17th int'l security conference begins in Turkey

The 17th International Conference on Security & Cooperation has begun in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.

17th int'l security conference begins in Turkey

The 17th International Conference on Security & Cooperation has begun in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.

The Turkish Atlantic Council hosts the two-day conference entitled, "Changing Security Environment and a Renewed Transatlantic Vision for the 21st century".

Making opening remarks of the conference, Turkish Atlantic Council President Omer Akbel said that the last century turned NATO into the center of transatlantic security, and now the Alliance, on the 60th anniversary of its foundation, needed a transformation to meet requirements of changing security environment.

Dr. Karl Lamers, president of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), NATO Parliamentary Assembly Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the German parliamentary Defense Committee, said that cooperation was the only way to ensure peace in the world.

Since the world changed drastically in the last century and new threats emerged, the Alliance needed to transform itself, he said. Lamers said that partnership and cooperation were the only tools to overcome all difficulties since any country was not able to struggle on its own. He also highlighted importance of setting up cooperation ties with countries such as Japan and Australia.

Jean-Francois Bureau, assistant secretary-general of NATO for public diplomacy, said in his part that all security-related issues required international cooperation. We need to strengthen security and stability in Europe,which lived through deep crises in the last two decades, he said. Bureau said that they could not allow Europe to divide once again.

The Conference is a flagship event in the lead-up to NATO's 60th Anniversary Summit to be held in Strasbourg/Kehl on April 3-4. The event brings together high-level officials, politicians, academics, media figures and Atlantic Treaty Association representatives to discuss the future of the transatlantic Alliance.

NATO is represented at the conference by Jean-Francois Bureau, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy; Steven Sturm, Director of Defence Policy and Capabilities; and Rear Admiral Jorgen Berggrav, representing Allied Command Transformation.

Reuters

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