NATO SG: Bulgaria's Accession to NATO Strengthened Its Own SecurityDiplomacy | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 15:15| views
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, from Denmark, gestures while speaking during the 58th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Prague, Czech republic. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Bulgaria's accession to NATO helped strengthen its own security, according to the statement of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the occasion of the 10th anniversary from the Prague Summit.
At the Prague Summit held on November 21-22, 2002, NATO Heads of State and Government invited seven countries - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia - to begin accession talks to join the Alliance.
Rasmussen's statement reminds that the seven-strong group of countries formed the single largest group ever to to join the alliance.
"By joining NATO, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia strengthened their own security as well that of NATO and the entire Euro-Atlantic region. All seven contribute greatly in political and operational terms to the work that NATO does," Rasmussen notes.
He goes on to argue that the accession of the seven countries to NATO "marked a decisive step towards a Europe that is whole, free and at peace", which he says is what the Alliance always aspired to achieve.
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