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.
More at: http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5286HB20090309
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.