Saturday, November 20, 1999 Published at 04:37 GMT
Solana new Western European Union chief
The Western European Union defence organisation has confirmed that the former NATO secretary general, Javier Solana, is to be its last head before it is wound down in a year's time.
Mr Solana - also a former Spanish foreign minister - is currently European Union foreign and security policy chief.
He succeeds Jose Cutileiro of Portugal.
The WEU is being absorbed into new European Union defence structures; it was formed in 1948 but has been overshadowed by NATO.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service