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Who Will Be The Next Secretary-General Of Nato?

Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:55 pm

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.

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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.

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RE: Who Will Be The Next Secretary-General Of Nato?

Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:07 pm

I have read on newspapers yesterday that Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will be next Secretary-General of NATO.

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RE: Who Will Be The Next Secretary-General Of Nato?

Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:56 pm

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.

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RE: Who Will Be The Next Secretary-General Of Nato?

Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:20 pm

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.

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