SKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 5 Posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2414 times:
New NATO chief doesn't have to be European: Canada
Mon Mar 9, 2009 5:00pm EDT
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay, pressed about media reports that he could be in the running for the job of NATO Secretary-General, said on Monday that nationality should not be a bar for the post but shied away from saying he was interested.
The job has always gone to a European. The current secretary-general, Dutchman Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, is due to step down in July.
I agree with the Minister, nationality should not be a consideration. Canada has been doing a lot of heavy lifting in Afghanistan and has been a member of NATO for 60 years- we should be in the running. As the article notes, a German newspaper has reported that Britain, France and Germany will back the Danish Prime Minister while the Washington Post has reported that the US (Biden) would press for MacKay.
AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2379 times:
I am fine with the new Secretary General coming from either: US, Canada, UK, or Denmark. I would add Netherlands to that list but Scheffer is from there. Don't pull your weight in Afghanistan, you don't deserve such an honour.
NewAlitalia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has been appointed because Italy's Defence Minister Antonio Martino (who was a very close personal friend of Pres. Bush) prefered to continue to serve at the Italian Government.
I am not sure he is available now, but Mr Martino is one of the highest profiles possible still now and an expert of International affairs.