May 18, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Underscoring the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Europe, Congress sent President Bush a bill he wanted Friday that endorses an expansion of NATO and authorizes security assistance for seven nations that hope to join. "The Cold War may be over, but the security and welfare of America and Europe are very closely linked," said Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate approved the bill Friday, 85 to 6.
February 14, 1999 |
Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic will formally join NATO on March 12 at a ceremony in Independence, Mo., the U.S. Embassy in Budapest said. The three Central European countries will be the first former members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The ceremony will be held in the Harry S. Truman Library, where President Truman announced the creation of NATO in 1949.
June 13, 1997 |
President Clinton declared Thursday that the United States will support the inclusion of only three countries--Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic--in plans to expand NATO. In making the announcement, the president was rejecting the wishes of several European allies who strongly support the bids of Slovenia and Romania to become members of the alliance.
June 14, 1997 |
Slovenians are stunned. They simply can't understand why one day they were flying high on the way to NATO membership, and the next day the biggest gun in the alliance has shot them down. President Clinton fired the potentially fatal shot Thursday, saying he will support only the candidacies of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic when the 16-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization opens its doors to new members at a July 8-9 summit in Madrid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1995
NATO has all but committed itself to enlarging its membership, and given Europe's geography, the only direction expansion can take is to the east, to embrace at least some of those states that until recently belonged to the anti-NATO and Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. Just when the selected countries would be invited to join the alliance remains unclear, for the good reason that NATO's 16 members, no doubt with some apprehension, are still trying to work out the timetable and conditions for growth.