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Baltic Defence Ministers will discuss further trilateral cooperation in Panevezys


Baltic Defence Ministers meeting will take place in Panevezys on January 12. It is intended for Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, Latvian Defence Minister Atis Slakteris and Estonian Defence Minister Jürgen Ligi to share information on their countries' experience in international operations, to discuss NATO Baltic Air Police mission and trilateral military projects completion, and to evaluate trilateral consultation advance concerning joint equipment purchasing.


The meeting schedule also includes discussion over the candidacy of the new governor of the Baltic Defence College in Tartu (Estonia). Currently the College is headed by Brigadier General Algis Vaiceliunas whose term of office will expire in January 2008.


On January 11 during an informal work dinner on the eve of the official conference Baltic Defence Ministers and Army Commanders will discuss the possibility of joint participation in NATO Response Force in the first half-year of 2010 by allocating a trilateral battalion-sized military unit for NRF-14.


After the meeting in Panevezys Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian Defence Ministers will go to Siauliai to meet Belgium troops on NATO Air Police mission in Lithuania and to see transport aircraft C-27J ”Spartan" newly purchased by Lithuanian Air Force.


By tradition Baltic Defence Ministers meeting takes place twice a year. The last meeting of Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian Defence Ministers was held in August 2006 in Jurmala (Latvia).

Media advisory:

On January 12, 11.30 a.m. Baltic Defence Ministers J. Olekas, A. Slakteris and J. Ligi will meet media representatives in hotel ”Romantic"Conference Room (Kranto str. 24, Panevezys).


Please, register in advance at National Defence Ministry Public Relations Department (phone 8-5 2735517, mob 8-698-11340).

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