(Sofia, November 25th 2010 at 15:00, Sheraton Hotel)
On the 25th of November, 2010, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov delivered a lecture at the public event entitled “NATO after the Lisbon summit”, organized by the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria. In his speech, Minister Mladenov said that the front of the Bulgarian national security is Afghanistan. According to him, it is crucial that Bulgaria participates in NATO’s collective defense and gives its contribution to maintaining the bond between the USA and Europe.
H.E. was explicit about the current threat that is the situation in Afghanistan. Under the circumstances, “the threat coming from the Taliban is a threat for all of us”, stated Mr. Mladenov.
“If we have to figure out how to defend the front line of our national security, we have to say that there are at least two major tasks to complete: not to allow global terrorism to possess save havens and unlimited opportunities for maneuvering in a key state in Central Asia. We should not allow for innocent people to be killed or maltreated by terrorists”, added the foreign minister.
As for NATO’s anti-missile defense plan, Mladenov said that the member countries have achieved a political agreement, but the precise architecture of the system is not ready yet. In order for the common defense system to be complete and effective, every member state will have to contribute with its own resources, emphasized the minister.