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NATO foreign ministers sing 'We Are The World' at dinner

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:14

NATO foreign ministers lock arms and sing 'We Are The World' at a dinner following a meeting in Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION SCRIPT: Setting aside for a moment all the world's major problems, NATO foreign ministers let their hair down at the end of a meeting in Antalya, Turkey. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe General Philip Breedlove led the ministers on stage, locked in arms, as they sang "We Are The World." The crisis in Ukraine, the fight against Islamic State militants and what to do next in Afghanistan were the main topics of discussion during the two-day meeting which began on Wednesday (May 13). Mogherini was due to brief the NATO ministers on the EU's proposals for a military mission to capture and destroy smugglers' boats used to ferry migrants on perilous Mediterranean crossings from Libya. Breedlove accused Russia on Wednesday of making irresponsible nuclear threats, which he said were intended to make NATO think twice about how it responded to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Breedlove also voiced concern at an increase in fighting in several areas of eastern Ukraine despite a declared ceasefire. By meeting in Turkey, which shares a 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria, NATO hopes to show it is responsive to the concerns of its southern members, as well as reinforcing eastern European allies worried by Russia's actions in Ukraine. NATO as an organisation has not been highly active militarily in the south recently, although all of its member nations are part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. It also sent Patriot anti-missile systems to defend Turkey from possible attack from war-torn Syria. The alliance is considering a request from Iraq for help training its army. But it says the security situation in Libya must improve before it could help train Libyan security forces.

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NATO foreign ministers sing 'We Are The World' at dinner

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:14