Nato chief: Visionary tactics needed to fight terror

The world must match the new ‘‘inventiveness’’ of global terrorists, Nato Secretary-General George Robertson said today.

The world must match the new ‘‘inventiveness’’ of global terrorists, Nato Secretary-General George Robertson said today.

Terrorists were turning to new tactics, as demonstrated on September 11, and the response had to be as visionary he said after talks with Alliance Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

Lord Robertson insisted Nato had a crucial role to play in adapting to the new terrorist threat and would now be turning its attention to intelligence gathering and intelligence sharing as part of a world-wide bid to anticipate the kind of terrorist attacks, including chemical and biological warfare, the world could face in future.

He said the aim was to ensure that the atrocities in the US on September 11 could not occur again.

Earlier US Secretary of State Colin Powell had sought to reassure the allies of their crucial role in defence - even though the counter terrorist assaults since September 11 has been led by America and has left Nato on the sidelines.

Mr Powell made it clear that, as far as Washington is concerned, Nato is as vital as ever.

A Nato statement this afternoon emphasised Alliance support, both collectively and as individual countries, for the continuing US-led military operations against the terrorists.

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