NATO Foresees Role in Bosnia Into 1999
NATO looked to its future at a meeting in Brussels and saw a leaner, more flexible alliance with a role in Bosnia probably into 1999, three new members from Eastern Europe that same year and an undiminished threat from Iraq. Defense ministers of the 16-member group met at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters for two days of talks. Last-minute compromise by Greece and Turkey over Aegean Sea military arrangements and by Britain and Spain over military activities at Gibraltar removed disputes at opposite ends of the Mediterranean that had blocked adoption of NATO’s new command structure. The allies agreed that they would not be reducing their force commitment in Bosnia-Herzegovina over the next six months and set in motion plans to draw up a range of options beyond the expiration of the current U.N. mandate.