Thursday, February 28, 2008

Romania to hold Young Atlanticist Summit in parallel with NATO summit

BUCHAREST, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the U.S. Atlantic Council are to stage the Young Atlanticist Summit in parallel with the upcoming NATO summit on April 2-4 in Bucharest.

The program is aimed at reducing skepticism over the U.S.'s and NATO's capacity to tackle global security issues, organizers told a press conference Wednesday.

"We know that surveys show Europe's skepticism over U.S. capacity to solve the global issues and we know that young Americans are skeptical, too," said Frederick Kempe, chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States.

"A 2007 survey shows that confidence in NATO grew slowly and we should be worried, as NATO's success is based on U.S.- Europe common activity. And this concerns all matters, from global warming to the fight against terrorism. This is the reason for which we want to involve the young generation in NATO's activities," the chairman added.

Attending the conference, SRI director George Maior said that the summit is being held under the patronage of NATO and its Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, adding that the event is aimed at training the future NATO leaders, analysts and experts.

"I personally believe that the youth summit has a special importance, both as an event for civil society as well as a being training forum for our future experts in international security," said Maior.

The event will be attended by 120 future leaders who will debate issues on the NATO summit agenda, future transatlantic relations and NATO priorities and missions.

The young participants will also hold talks with NATO national leaders and listen to experts' opinions.

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