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Dutch Diplomat to Lead NATO

September 23, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization selected Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as its next secretary-general, replacing Britain's George Robinson, whose four-year term ends Jan 1.

De Hoop Scheffer, 55, showed his diplomatic skills as his government supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq but avoided antagonizing its European opponents.

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