- 1999 Washington summit
The 1999 Washington summit was the 15th
NATO summitand was held in Washington, D.C.on April 24-25, 1999.NATO, "NATO summits and ministerial meetings", s.d., [http://www.nato.int/docu/comm.htm] ] Held at the height of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the summit commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of NATOand reiterated the "determination to put an end to the repressive actions" by Serbian President Milosevicagainst the local ethnic Albanian population in Kosovo. It was also the first summit in which three new NATO members (the Czech Republic, Hungaryand Poland) participated. Further, the Membership Action Plan, an important part of NATO's Open Door Policywas adopted and a revised version of the Strategic Conceptwas made public. The European Security and Defence Identitywithin NATO was also enhanced; the Defence Capabilities Initiativeand the Weapons of Mass Destruction Initiativewas launched; the Partnership for Peace, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Counciland the Mediterranean Dialoguewas strengthened.
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