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03 March 2004

NATO Allies Accept Accession Protocols of Seven New Members

Official invitation to acceded extended to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced March 2 that all parties to the Alliance have notified the United States that they have accepted the protocols of accession of seven new member nations -- Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Following is his statement:

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NATO Press Release
2 Mar 2004

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL

I have the pleasure to announce that all Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have notified the Government of the United States of America of their acceptance of the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia, signed in Brussels on 26 March 2003.

I have therefore, on behalf of the member states, communicated to the Governments of the seven countries an invitation to accede to the North Atlantic Treaty. In accordance with Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the invited states shall become Parties to that Treaty on the date of the deposit of their instruments of accession with the Government of the United States of America.

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