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Stop NATO news: April 24, 2012

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Mediterranean: PACE Blames NATO For 1,500 Refugees’ Deaths

Colombia: Panetta Intensifies U.S. Counterinsurgency Support

NATO Soldier Killed In Eastern Afghanistan

Bulgaria: Pentagon’s NATO Surrogate In Southeast Europe

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Defense Ministers Meet In China

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Mediterranean: PACE Blames NATO For 1,500 Refugees’ Deaths

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_04_24/72760711/

Interfax
April 24, 2012

PACE blames NATO for refugee deaths

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe blames NATO for the death of 1,500 Libyan refugees who tried to cross the Mediterranean in 2001.

In a resolution released on Tuesday, PACE says the refugees had fallen victim to official negligence and non-assistance. The document mentions, among other things the events of March 26, 2011 when NATO warships ignored distress signals being sent from a sinking boat with 72 refugees on board. Only nine survived.

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Colombia: Panetta Intensifies U.S. Counterinsurgency Support

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116054

U.S. Department of Defense
April 23, 2012

Panetta Promises Continued Support to Colombia
By Cheryl Pellerin

- “I affirmed that the United States stands in solidarity with Colombia and its campaign against [FARC], and that we will continue to provide training, equipment and assistance that Colombia has requested in order to defeat this common enemy.”

BOGOTA, Colombia: After a meeting today with Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta promised the U.S. military partner of 60 years continued commitment and assistance.

On the first day of a weeklong visit to South America, Panetta said it is appropriate that Colombia was his first stop.

“This country is one of our closest partners in the hemisphere,” the secretary said, “and an emerging regional and global leader.”

After a meeting in Bogota, Pinzon took Panetta on a tour of some of the Colombian Army’s best Special Forces troops at Tolemaida Air Base, 47 miles southwest of the capital city. For an hour, paratroopers and other service members performed technical demonstrations against a backdrop of green mountains and dark clouds.

Later, in a nearby hangar, the two defense leaders positioned themselves at twin podiums and spoke with a crowd of journalists and broadcasters. Behind them in the hangar was a much-used Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

“In our discussions today,” Panetta announced, “I affirmed that the United States stands in solidarity with Colombia and its campaign against [the narcoterrorist group FARC, for Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia], and that we will continue to provide training, equipment and assistance that Colombia has requested in order to defeat this common enemy.”

As one example, he added, “the United States is prepared to facilitate the sale of 10 helicopters – five U.S. Army Black Hawks and five commercial helicopters to help Colombia’s efforts against the FARC.”

After having been a “receiver of grants over the course of the last few years,” Pinzon said through a translator, “Colombia is now exporting knowledge and capacity in terms of regional security.”

What Colombian soldiers on land, sea and air do is appreciated worldwide, Pinzon said, adding, “We don’t forget that many of those capacities were developed thanks to the effective cooperation of the U.S. government.”

Panetta said the progress Colombia has made in resolving its internal security challenges has helped strengthen the U.S.-Colombian relationship and cooperation on regional security challenges, especially those emanating from Central America.

“Our two nations both understand that our security depends on stability not just within our borders but beyond our borders,” the secretary said.

From that cooperation arises the potential for the two military forces to work closely to help build the capacity of other nations in this region to address the same kinds of security challenges.

Earlier this month, during President Barack Obama’s visit to Colombia, he and President Juan Manuel Santos signed a new U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Regional Security.

As part of the plan, the White House said in a statement, discussions between technical experts and policy officials will focus on four key areas that align with hemispheric citizen security goals and priorities.

These include fighting narcotics trafficking, combating crime, strengthening institutions, and fostering resilient communities.

Both countries, the White House said, will develop complementary security assistance programs and operational efforts to support hemispheric and international partner nations afflicted by effects of transnational organized crime.

“Minister Pinzon and I had a very productive discussion today,” Panetta said, “about the next steps we can take within the framework of this plan to achieve our shared desire for a secure, stable and prosperous Western Hemisphere.”

A specific step includes establishing a State Partnership Program between Columbia and the U.S. National Guard.

The program links U.S. states with partner countries to support security cooperation objectives of the region’s combatant commander.

“This program has helped deepen our defense cooperation with other partners in the region,” the secretary said, “including Chile, Peru and Uruguay.

State partnership programs, he added, “have helped us share lessons learned and expertise for disaster response and other missions where the armed forces can provide critical support to our civil authorities.”

Establishing such a program represents an opportunity to further enhance our capabilities in this area, and an important new avenue for defense cooperation, the secretary said.

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NATO Soldier Killed In Eastern Afghanistan

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=170275

Azeri Press Agency
April 24, 2012

NATO soldier killed in E. Afghanistan

Baku: One NATO soldier was killed on Sunday in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

“Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan yesterday,” the NATO-led ISAF said in a press releases issued on Monday.

However, the brief statement did not provide more details and the nationalities of the victims, only saying “it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.”

Taliban insurgents, whose regime was toppled in a U.S.-led incursion in late 2001, have intensified their activities against Afghan forces and some 130,000 ISAF troops recently as spring and summer, known as “fighting season”, are drawing near in the insurgency-hit country.

A total of 122 NATO soldiers, with the majority of them being Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

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Bulgaria: Pentagon’s NATO Surrogate In Southeast Europe

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123297515

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
April 23, 2012

Joint-nation NCO symposium empowers Bulgarian, US enlisted leaders
By Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

-[T]he relationship between Bulgaria and America is one founded on the continued ability for the NATO partners to rely on one another during situations ranging from training sessions to times of conflict.
“Even though Bulgaria is a small country, when we call, they answer.”

SOFIA, Bulgaria: The first Bulgarian and U.S. joint-nation NCO symposium takes place at the Bulgarian Land Forces headquarters here April 10-11.

The symposium’s goal is to allow American and Bulgarian senior enlisted leaders to share doctrine, strengths and leadership philosophies, which are designed to empower and inspire NCOs in both nations’ corps.

Some of the topics at the event include discussing the relationship between a commander and senior enlisted leader; evaluating the roles and values of the enlisted force; and motivating and leading subordinates. Military enlisted leaders from across the world will combine and share their experiences gained throughout their many years of military service.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe led the charge for expanding interoperability between the Bulgarian and U.S. NCOs in 2009 by researching ways the NATO partners could share education resources. The Kisling NCO Academy staff in Kapaun Air Station, Germany, began inviting Bulgarian service members to attend the 223-hour course, and one of the more recent graduates of the course was Bulgaria’s Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Ivo Bakardzhiev.

“It’s events like [the symposium] where people talk through their plans and goals to work together and come up with ways to solve problems together,” said Susan M. Sutton, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sutton went on to say the relationship between Bulgaria and America is one founded on the continued ability for the NATO partners to rely on one another during situations ranging from training sessions to times of conflict.

“Even though Bulgaria is a small country, when we call, they answer,” she said…

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Defense Ministers Meet In China

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/400692.html

Itar-Tass
April 24, 2012

Shanghai Organization defense ministers to hold conf in Beijing

MOSCOW: Problems of regional security and struggle with international terrorism dominate the agenda of a conference of Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), who are getting together in Beijing.

Russia is represented by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

“During the visit to Beijing we also hope to effectuate a number of bilateral meetings with SCO defense ministers and China’s top leaders,” Lieutenant Colonel Irina Kovalchuk, the Defense Ministry spokeswoman told reporters.

Besides, Serdyukov and other fellow ministers will raise the problems of counteraction to international drugs trafficking and the organization of a joint exercise on the ice.

Upon the results of the conference, its participants will sign a communiquй, Lt Col Kovalchuk said.

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  1. rosemerry
    April 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    “This country is one of our closest partners in the hemisphere,” the secretary said, “and an emerging regional and global leader.”
    Colombia is now the ONLY US surrogate in the region, and gets millions in socalled war on drugs funding, to destroy any opposition and help kill union leaders, peasants, any dissidents. Even so, the Colombian govt has plenty of agreement with others in ALBA, eg the failure of the “drug war” which Obama of course wants to continue.

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