Brussels - November 19, 2008

No PR-13/2008-ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani today addressed the military committee of NATO on the invitation of its chairman Admiral Admiral Giampaolo Di Paolo, Chairman, Military Committee of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). General kayani in his address apprised the NATO military committee of the overall security situation in the region. He focused on Pakistan's perspective on the obtaining environment, operational issues and the way forward. General Kayani clearly spelt the need for security and stability in the region through a comprehensive approach. He highlighted the need to reinforce Pakistan's effort and operate in a coordinated manner within respective national boundaries. He urged halt to unmanned combat aerial vehicle(UCAV) within Pakistan territory.

 Earlier General Kayani held his separate bilateral meeting with Secretary General NATO, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Chairman Military Committee NATO, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paolo. He also held individual meetings with French Chief of Defence and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA. General Kayani also attended a luncheon hosted by Chairman Military Committee which was attended by all chiefs of NATO members as well as those from partnership for peace nations.