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European security and defence identity

At the 1996 NATO ministerial meeting in Berlin, it was agreed to develop a European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI). The essential element of the development of this ESDI was the preparation of Western European Union (WEU) operations with the involvement of WEU and NATO based on identification within the Alliance of separable but not separate capabilities, assets and support assets and elaboration of appropriate multinational European command within NATO in order to prepare, support, command and conduct WEU-led operations.