REID: NATO risks failing - allies must shape up

NATO must press on with its transformation if it is to survive in the future and the NATO Response Force is to be a success, UK Defence Secretary John Reid said at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Italy on Thursday 9 February 2006.

Mr Reid was speaking at one of a series of informal meetings of Defence Ministers taking place in Taormina, Italy. The meetings are being chaired by the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. The Minister of Defence of Italy, His Excellency Mr Antonio Martino, is hosting the meetings, which are taking place at the Grande Albergo Capotaormina.

Mr Reid explained that whilst NATO is the world's foremost defence and security Alliance, it is not guaranteed to survive and prosper unless it changes to meet modern challenges
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