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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Secretary General Update

Is US support for Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the next Secretary General of the Alliance faltering? Berlingske Tidende from Denmark reports that the US does not want to offend Turkey, which opposes Rasmussen's nomination.

However, with President Obama due to travel to Turkey for an official visit just after the NATO Summit, Ankara doesn't want to push things too far, so that a crisis or controversy would hang over Obama's visit.

There's still plenty of time to work this out, and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan held talks with other NATO leaders on the topic during the G20 meeting today.

Watch this space.

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