Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Briefing from Belgium

RTL Info has a report on the briefing from the spokesman for Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme. RTL Info quotes the spokesman as saying that Leterme's first Summit as Prime Minister would see him engage primarily on three issues.

Afghanistan - the Prime Minister will underline Belgian support for ISAF, in which they have around 400 troops. Belgium has recently announced that it will send an additional 4 F-16 aircraft at the start of September.

Missile Defence - Leterme wants to know more about costs, command structure and the position of Russia before committing Belgium's support for the project. That said, Belgium is supportive of current NATO missile defence efforts.

Georgia and Ukraine - the Prime Minister has reservations about offering MAPs to these two partner states, given the instability in Georgia and the lack of clarity in Ukraine on NATO membership.

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