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Stoltenberg claims that Ceuta and Melilla are not automatically protected, but that a “political decision” is required

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – EUROPE PRESS/E. tendril. POOL – European press

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He praised the “impeccable” summit organized in Spain, proving to be a “very valuable ally”.


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined that the purpose of the Summit of Heads of State or Government held in Madrid was to reaffirm the common commitment to protect the various member states, but pointed out that the activation of Article 5, for example in the event of a risk for Ceuta and Melilla, it would require a “political decision”.

Stoltenberg appeared before the media at the end of the second and final day of the conference to take stock of what he called a “perfect” summit. He applauded the “impeccable” Spanish organization and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on behalf of all allied countries.

Stoltenberg said the forum organized in Madrid showed that Spain was “a very valuable ally” within the Euro-Atlantic bloc, which for the first time included the southern flank among the fronts to consider in the face of potential challenges.

Asked specifically about the hypothetical protection of Ceuta and Melilla, the former Norwegian Prime Minister stressed that NATO protects all its allies from threats, but recalled that the activation of the collective defense clause is not automatic.

It depended, he added, on a “political decision,” provided it was the North Atlantic Council, the main decision-making body within the alliance, that would have to decide whether or not the bloc would respond to hypothetical attacks on member territory.

Source europapress.es

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