NATO head Scheffer expects "biggest NATO summit ever" in Romania
. ( dpa )- The upcoming NATO summit in Bucharest from April 2 to 4 will be the "biggest ever" given the number of probable delegates, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Friday in Bucharest after a meeting with Romanian President Traian Basescu.
Their meeting had focussed mainly on organizational issues, Scheffer said, adding, "The preparations are very well on track."
Basescu expressed hope that the NATO summit would yield "improved solutions" for Georgia and Ukraine who are currently accession candidates.
Both Basescu and Scheffer said the situation in Afghanistan, NATO's expansion into the Balkans, security issues and energy matters in connection with the Black Sea region were the most important issues on the agenda.
Scheffer also conferred with Romanian Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu and visited the parliamentary palace which is the venue for the summit.
Scheffer was also due to meet Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu and to address students in Bucharest.