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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 274-95
September 28, 1995

No. 274-P:09/28/95:Secretary of Defense William J. Perry wi

Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will host an informal meeting of the Defense Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, October 4-7, 1995. NATO Secretary General Willy Claes will serve as chairman of the meeting.

Others expected to attend include the Permanent Representatives (ambassadors) and Chiefs of Defense Staff (equivalent to the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) of all 16 Alliance members. The number of delegates and support staff is expected to total approximately 500.

Following past practices, Ministers will engage in an unstructured, free-flowing discussion of a variety of defense issues related to the current security situation. There will be no communiqué. Ministers will report their own impressions of the meeting to the media. Accordingly, Secretary Perry and Secretary-General Claes will hold individual press conferences on Friday, October 6, 1995.

In connection with the meeting, on Friday morning, October 6, 1995, Ministers will fly to the USS Mt. Whitney and USS Enterprise deployed off the Virginia Capes to observe NATO command, control and communications capabilities and a seapower demonstration. Ships and aircraft from the United Kingdom, Canada and France are also expected to participate. These events will be open to media coverage on a pool basis. Interested media should contact the Media Center for pool selection information.

For information on scheduled events and the type of media coverage which will be allowed, consult the attached tentative schedule. Media should contact the Media Center upon arrival to obtain a final, confirmed schedule of events.

The formal portion of the meeting will take place in the Williamsburg Lodge. The Media Center will be located in the Williamsburg Woodlands Commonwealth Hall, near the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor's center, just off Route 132Y. The Center will open at 9 a.m., Monday, October 2, and remain open as follows:

9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, October 2

8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 3

8 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 4

6 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 5

5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, October 6

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, October 7

Telephone numbers for the Media Center will be as follows:

Accreditation Desk Woodlands Commonwealth Hall 804-221-0087

Lobby Entrance

Media Services Desk Woodlands Commonwealth Hall 804-221-0088/89

FAX Line Woodlands Commonwealth Hall 804-221-0091

Media passes will be available for collection starting at 9 a.m., October 2, at the Media Center's Accreditation Desk upon presentation of a valid press pass and other photographic proof of identity. Media members who have not sent a request form in advance will be required to complete the request for accreditation form prior to receiving a press pass.

The Media Center is located approximately 20 minutes driving time from the nearest airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles Airport are approximately three hours drive from Colonial Williamsburg. The main highway into the area is Interstate 64, exit 238. There is limited Amtrak passenger train and Greyhound bus service to Colonial Williamsburg. Cars may be rented at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport from a variety of companies. Parking is available at the Media Center. One lot will be reserved near the Media Center for large trucks.

Prior to October 2, the DoD public affairs point of contact is CDR Chuck Franklin, (703) 697-5131. NATO DEFENSE MINISTERIAL

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

Williamsburg, Virginia

Times are subject to change. Media should obtain an updated schedule upon arrival.

Wednesday, October 4, 1995

4:45 p.m.Arrival of the Secretary General in Colonial Williamsburg at Lightfoot HousePool camera

Official NATO photographers

Thursday, October 5, 1995

9:55 a.m.

10 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

1 p.m.

3 p.m.

5 p.m.

Arrival of the Secretary General (SECGEN) and Ministers of Defense (MODs)/heads of Delegations (HODs) at Williamsburg Lodge Virginia Room

Opening session -- opening minutes

SECGEN and MODs/HODs Official Portrait at Williamsburg Inn

Working lunch

Working session resumes

Working session adjourns

Limited coverage

Coverage of arrival outside Williamsburg Lodge prior to opening session. Interested media muster at 8:30 a.m. Media buses depart Media Center at 9 a.m.

Pooled coverage

Coverage of first minutes of opening session outside Williamsburg Lodge. interested media muster at Media Center for pool selection and security clearance at 8 a.m. Media buses depart Media center at 9 a.m.

Open coverage

Interested media muster at Media Center at 11:30 a.m. Media buses depart Media center at 12 p.m.

No coverage

No coverage

No coverage

7:10 p.m.SECGEN, MODs/HODs and spouses arrive at Governor's Palace for dinner -- Greeted by Dr. and Mrs. PerryPooled coverage at Palace gate and inside courtyard

Open coverage along Palace Green

Interested media muster at Media center for pool selection and security clearance at 5 p.m. Media buses depart Media Center at 6 p.m.

Friday, October 6, 1995

8:15 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

3 p.m.

5 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Delegates and media depart Williamsburg for airport for further transfer via U.S. Navy aircraft for "At Sea" program onboard U.S. Navy ships.

Media return to Media Center from "At Sea" program

Secretary Perry press conference in the Media center (Commonwealth Hall)

Working session reconvenes in the Virginia Room

Working session adjourns

SECGEN closing press conference in the Media Center (Commonwealth Hall)

Pooled coverage

Interested media muster at Media Center for pool selection and security clearance at 7 a.m. Media buses depart Media Center at 8 a.m.

Open coverage

No coverage

No coverage

Open coverage