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    This is the main entrance of the Headquarters Building of NATO in Paris. It is?

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    Salle des Pas Perdus


    Entrance Council

    Council Room




    Cars leave


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    Background: This is the main entrance of the Headquarters Building of NATO in Paris. It is here that Ministers and Permanent National Representatives arrive when they attend meetings of the Atlantic Council, the governing body of the Atlantic Alliance.

    These meetings are held once or twice a week at Ambassadorial level.

    At least twice a year they are held at Ministerial level; in December, at the NATO building in Paris, and in May in one of the NATO capital cities.

    Ministers arrive in their official cars.

    And their first contact with their NATO colleagues is in the Salle des Pas Perdus. It is here that these men get to know each other on a personal basis, it is here out prior to the more official contacts which take place in the Council Chambers.

    It is here that delegates are reminded of the NATO motto - "Freedom of thought in open consultation". The original is to be seen on a wall in the ancient city of San Giminiano in Italy.

    The Council meeting is due to begin and delegates have to show a special pass before they can enter the room.

    This is the largest of the Council Chambers in the NATO Headquarters building. Round this big square table sit the Ministers and senior delegates from the fifteen countries of the Alliance.

    Behind them sit the junior members of each national delegation. At the head of the table is the President for the day and the Secretary General of NATO.

    The meeting is over and delegates and VIPs disperse to their offices. The Supreme Allied Commander Europe attended this particular meeting.

    Also present was the former Secretary General, Mr. Dirk U. Stikker.

    And so, week in, week out, month in, month out, the men responsible for the policies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meet and deliberate. This is the "hy of NATO".

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