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An aggressor needs to know that it will not simply be when he crosses a border or when he attacks to kill that something will happen.
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And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery of this great British company, Cable and Wireless, and I'm delighted to become part of the new and very talented management that have been brought in to that company as well.
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And I'm glad that Kosovo is well on the way now to being a functioning democracy where different ethnic groups can live in peace.
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And most countries are now reducing the number of conscripts and increasing the professionals that are available because they're available on short notice.
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And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will again and again confront us with a cruel choice between costly engagement and costly indifference.
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But we acted pre-emptively in Kosovo in 1999 to stop Milosevic from doing what he was doing and increasingly doing the ethnic cleansing in a systematic way.
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For years, European leaders have pointed out that Europe is an economic giant, but a military pygmy.
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For years, we have heard warnings that Europe needs to contribute more to NATO's capability.
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From St Malo to Nice, the EU has moved quickly to set up the structures it needs to take on more in the field of security.
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Globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous, but also more vulnerable.
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I also said that we wanted to learn the lesson of the Balkans to win not the just the military campaign about Kosovo, but to win the peace as well.
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I believe that the organisers of this conference have chosen a very timely subject for our discussion - because the 21st century will confront us with an entirely new set of challenges.
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If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things.
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In sum, as we enter the 21st century, the Euro-Atlantic community - North America and Europe together - has to face some tough challenges when it comes to improving our capability.
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Most of all, industrial cooperation will mean better, more affordable equipment for Europe, as well as for North America.
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NATO and the EU have also agreed on permanent arrangements on consultation and cooperation between themselves.
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So seven new countries, three of them formerly part of the Soviet Union, and the others part of the Warsaw Pact, will become full members of NATO next year.
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The rapid dissemination of technology and information offers entirely new ways of production, but it can also bring the spectre of more states developing weapons of mass destruction.
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The threat to New York and to Washington on the 11th of September came from Afghanistan on the other side of the world.
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Transatlantic cooperation, provided it doesn't hinder healthy competition, will also enhance technological innovation - because it will mean that technological expertise is shared and enhanced in a wider pool of experts; and because it will mean more resources available to fund research.
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We all know that the idea of a strong and effective European security capability has been floating around for years.
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Well, I'm moving into the private sector because it's not something I've done before and it was quite exciting.
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Well, if the NATO countries don't make more of their troops usable and don't get the equipment to get them fast where the action is, then the organisation will suffer and will increasingly become irrelevant.
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What I will remember most from my time in NATO is meeting children in the countries where I've gone to, to Moscow and to Kiev, I've met school children.
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Within Europe, Governments are exploring innovative ways to pool assets and budgets to improve purchasing power.
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Within NATO, our Defence Capabilities Initiative has identified the essential capabilities all Allies must have for modern operations, and Allies are working to meet those requirements.
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You've got to be able to act when it's necessary to act. And you've got to be able to act where the threat is.
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