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President Adamkus presented an award to NATO Secretary General

Friday, July 10, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus received NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
 

The Head of State underlined that the period of leadership of Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was marked by many important events, including the accession of nine new members into the Alliance, the air-policing mission in the Baltic States, the continuing presence of the Alliance in Afghanistan, and the return of France to NATO military structure.

 

According to the President, a very important achievement was the consensus reached within the Alliance to focus more on collective defence.

 

"I greatly appreciate our friendship and our joint efforts which, I believe, have contributed to building a more secure world. The deployment of NATO fighter-jets was among the most successful missions which has demonstrated very clearly the security guarantees extended by the Alliance to its every member," President Adamkus said.

 

The President expressed hope that as it develops further its strategic conception and looks into the future, NATO would remain the most important transatlantic defensive alliance the members of which would share the same values.

The Alliance's Secretary General thanked President Adamkus for his personal contribution to NATO. As Mr. Scheffer said, the President's efforts and the results achieved would long be felt in the Alliance.

 

President Adamkus decorated Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer with the Grand Cross of the Oder of Vytautas the Great, for his merits to the Republic of Lithuania and for the promotion of the name of Lithuania in the world.


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