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Palabras de Su Alteza Real el Príncipe de Asturias ante el Consejo Atlántico

Bruselas, 01.10.1992

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​e voudrais, avant tout, remercier le Secrétaire Général des aimables paroles de bienvenue qu'il vient de m'adresser á l'occasion de ma première visite au siège de l'OTAN. C'est un honneur pour moi d'être parmi vous au sein du Conseil Atlantique, organe suprême de l'Alliance.

Le préambule du Traité de Washington lui-même nous rappelle que l'Alliance Atlantique représente avant tout la volonté ferme de ses membres - européens et nord-américains de sauvegarder leur liberté, leur héritage et leur civilisation communes, basées sur la démocratie, les libertés individuelles et le principe de légalité.

L'Espagne a voulu, á tout moment, travailler loyalement et étroitement avec ses alliés, tant dans le domaine de la sécurité collective que sur le plan politique, pour la défense des principes sur lesquels l'Alliance Atlantique se base. La conclusion récente des deux derniers Accords de Coordination entre les autorités militaires espagnoles et alliées représente la volonté espagnole de contribuer a la défense commune de la façon la plus complet possible dans le cadre du respect des modalités approuvées lors du référendum de 1986.

Je peux vous assurer que les Forces Armées espagnoles sont particulièrement fières de l'excellente coopération et relation de travail qu'elles ont avec les armées des autres pays d l'Alliance.

Mr. Chairman,

The overcoming of the political division of Europe, which gave rise to the military confrontation of the coldwar, means a radical improvement in our security and also
constitutes the basic premise for the recovery by the countries of Central and Eastern Europe of the supreme values which I mentioned before. Fresh hope has thus arisen that it will be possible to achieve a new and lasting peace based on co-operation and dialogue.

By guaranteeing peace and stability in Europe, the Atlantic Alliance has made an essential contribution, throughout its more than forty years of existence, to the establishment of this new democratic order.

The changes in Europe have al so brought with them the resurgence of old conflicts and tensions whose roots must be sought in the past and whose symptoms had be en controlled by the stable but unjust former European order. Although these conflicts are different in nature and magnitude from that which threatened us during the years of confrontation between East and West, from the human standpoint they are truly tragic for the people involved. Television and the Media remind us of that day after day.

For this reason we must remain vigilant in ensuring that there will not be a rebirth of the phantom of intolerance and war on our continent. To this end, we must build a new co-operative security structure on sol id foundations, which pays special attention to conflict-prevention and crisis management, and in which all the organisations involved in security act in a coordinated way and complement each other.

The Atlantic Alliance will continue to playa fundamental role in this undertaking. Therefore the Alliance must continue the process of transformation begun at the Summit of its Heads of State and Government in London July 1990 and concluded at the Summit held in Rome November of last year. From the beginning Spain commended this Allied desire for renewal, which combines its will to preserve its essence (i.e., the objectives of the Treaty of Washington and the basic functions which it performs with a view to achieving them), with the need to transform its defensive and political structures so as to adapt them more adequately to the challenges and requirements of our times.

Meanwhile, for the past few years we have been witnesses of the start of a major process of disarmament and the adoption of measures aimed at promoting trust and security in Europe. A significant share of the success of these initiatives, which are contributing to the attainment of greater levels of stability and security on our continente, can also be attributed to the Alliance. These initial achievements should encourage us to redouble our efforts in this field, in which we should pay special attention to weapons of mass destruction and the dangers that their proliferation would entail, as demonstrated even further by the recent political convulsions in Europe.

Mr. Chairman,

I am convinced that the Atlantic Alliance will be able to respond adequately and effectively to the challenges posed by the new European situation, and that it will basically do so through dialogue and co-operation. These ways should enable us to proceed towards a freer and more prosperous world which, in consequence will be safer and more stable.

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