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Sonntag, 22. März 2009


Die USA scheinen die Ernennung des dänischen Premier Anders Fogh Rasmussen als neuen Generalsekretär der NATO zu unterstützen.

U.S. Backs Denmark PM for Top NATO Post
Published: 21 Mar 14:30 EDT (18:30 GMT)
BRUSSELS - The United States has backed Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen for next secretary general of NATO, a diplomat said March 21, setting him on track to take the alliance's top job in August.
"The United States has made up its mind. It will support Anders Fogh Rasmussen" as the candidate to take over from Dutch diplomat Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as NATO's top civilian official, the alliance diplomat said.
When asked about Washington's position, a senior U.S. official would only say: "A number of people at the alliance are looking at Rasmussen as a leading candidate but there's been no decision yet, and it takes a consensus."
The United States is the biggest and most powerful of the 26 allies that make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and its backing for the Danish premier would certainly place him favorite for the post.
On Friday, Rasmussen, 56, declined to speak to reporters in Brussels about his possible candidature, but he has never officially ruled him himself out of the race. Scheffer's mandate ends at the end of July............

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