Press releases 2003
08.12.2003 Promotions to general in the Defence Forces
On 6 December 2003, President of the Republic Tarja Halonen decided on the following promotions: Brigadier General Hannu Herranen was promoted to Major General, Colonel Heikki Lyytinen was promoted to Brigadier General and Captain (Navy) Bo Österlund was promoted to Commodore. Before he took up his current position as director of the National Defence Policy Unit in the ministry of defence, Major General Hannu Herranen (born in 1950) had served as deputy chief of division in the Defence Staff, commander of Kymi Air Defence Regiment, deputy chief of division in the Eastern Command Headquarters and chief of office in the South East Finland military province. Brigadier General Heikki Lyytinen (born in 1953) works currently as deputy chief of division in the Defence Staff.
At the meeting of Nordic defence ministers in Stockholm on 24 November 2003, it was decided that the Nordic countries belonging to the Nordic Coordinated Arrangement for Military Peace Support (NORDCAPS) should undertake the planning and assembly of a Nordic contribution to the task force that may supercede the present Multinational Brigade Centre (MNBC).
On a joint visit to Kosovo on 3-4 November, all the representatives of the Nordic countries supported a continued commitment in the region. "It has been very rewarding to have this opportunity to be on the spot together to obtain a clear, shared picture of the situation and to discuss how we can contribute to a strong international presence in Kosovo even in the future.
Minister of Defence Seppo Kääriäinen is going to take part in the EU's unofficial meeting for ministers of defence in Rome from 3 to 4 October 2003. For more information, please contact Ministerial Adviser Heikki Savola, tel.
On Sunday 21 September 2003, Defence Minister Seppo Kääriäinen gave a speech at a national defence function in Paltamo, Kainuu.
On account of the terrorist attack in Baghdad, minister of defence Seppo Kääriäinen has sent on 21 August 2003 messages of condolences to the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Brazil's Ambassador in Finland, H.E.
On 18 July 2003, President Tarja Halonen appointed Major General Ari Tapani Puheloinen (51) Commander of the Eastern Command as of 1 January 2004.
President of the Republic Tarja Halonen appointed the new government on Tuesday 24 June 2003, with Matti Vanhanen as the new Prime Minister of Finland.