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Exhibition at NATO HQ dedicated to NATO membership anniversaries
On 28 March, exhibition dedicated to NATO enlargement after the end of the Cold War was inaugurated at the Alliance‘s HQ. The event was organised to commemorate the 20th, 15th and 10th membership anniversaries of the twelve Allies – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania and Croatia. NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller inaugurated the exhibition and welcomed representatives of Allied nations.
In her opening remarks R. Gottemoeller emphasized NATO enlargement‘s importance to growth of NATO diversity and Allied solidarity. “NATO enlargement has been a great success and central driver of security and prosperity for us all” – underlined NATO Deputy Secretary General.
The exhibition celebrates the road to accession to NATO of each of the twelve Allies with historical documents, photos and video that illustrate their respective paths. Facsimile of documents from the NATO Archives on display include: Partnership for Peace Invitation and Framework document with signature page, the 1995 Study on Enlargement, the Membership Action Plan (MAP), the 2014 Ministers of Foreign Affairs Statement on Enlargement.
Lithuania, together with Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, joined NATO on 29 March, 2004.