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  • But we acted pre-emptively in Kosovo in 1999 to stop Milosevic from doing what he was doing and increasingly doing the ethnic cleansing in a systematic way.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • Within NATO, our Defence Capabilities Initiative has identified the essential capabilities all Allies must have for modern operations, and Allies are working to meet those requirements.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • The rapid dissemination of technology and information offers entirely new ways of production, but it can also bring the spectre of more states developing weapons of mass destruction.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • NATO and the EU have also agreed on permanent arrangements on consultation and cooperation between themselves.
    (Lord Robertson)


  • Globalisation will make our societies more creative and prosperous, but also more vulnerable.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • For years, we have heard warnings that Europe needs to contribute more to NATO's capability.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • And most countries are now reducing the number of conscripts and increasing the professionals that are available because they're available on short notice.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • You've got to be able to act when it's necessary to act. And you've got to be able to act where the threat is.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery of this great British company, Cable and Wireless, and I'm delighted to become part of the new and very talented management that have been brought in to that company as well.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • I believe that the organisers of this conference have chosen a very timely subject for our discussion - because the 21st century will confront us with an entirely new set of challenges.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • An aggressor needs to know that it will not simply be when he crosses a border or when he attacks to kill that something will happen.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • And I'm glad that Kosovo is well on the way now to being a functioning democracy where different ethnic groups can live in peace.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • I also said that we wanted to learn the lesson of the Balkans to win not the just the military campaign about Kosovo, but to win the peace as well.
    (Lord Robertson)

  • And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will again and again confront us with a cruel choice between costly engagement and costly indifference.
    (Lord Robertson)


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