NATO Heads for a less self-contained organization

17:34, June 27, 2010      

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Nato is heading towards an organization which is less self-contained, less inward looking, more outward looking, being willing and able to work with other partners, says Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, the Chairman of NATO's Military Committee at an exclusive interview in his office with People's Daily, China.

To Mr. Di Paola's idea, partnership is a tool to shape, to influence the security environment, but does not mean the same for any partners. It could be partnership based on community of values, like Sweden and Finland. It could also be based on common will to contribute to the peace and stability in spite of different cultural legacy and philosophy of life.

Talking about NATO’s transformation, he insists that transformation for any good and solid organization, is not something that starts and ends, rather than a process, just like the evolution of human being. "Certainly it is in an accelerating period right now, because the international circumstance of 21 century is changing dramatically. "

For NATO, two fundamental things really matter. One is a community of value based on democracy, liberty, human rights and rule of the law. Another is trans-Atlantic link. "If those two pillars change, that will be the end of the Alliance."

As for the internal reform of the biggest military organization in the world, Mr. Di Paola recognizes that NATO allies are all in difficult time. To rationalize the limited resources proves to be the right choice. Output and input should be balanced, and the structure with a legacy of cold war should be changed, but in a sustainable way, that is "to cut the fat, not the muscle".

On relation with Russia, Admiral Di Paola strongly believed that a sound relationship with Russia is fundamental for European security. "We should not be afraid to give Russia a strategic relationship." It does not mean that we are naïve, but on our side we should do as much as possible.

To his point of view, Afghanistan is not a NATO focus, It is a problem of international community. "If Afghanistan fail, it is not only NATO's failure, it is also a failure of international community."

By staff reporter Zhang Niansheng

By People's Daily Online


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