Denmark PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen Appointed New NATO Secretary General

World | April 4, 2009, Saturday // 16:20
Bulgaria: Denmark PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen Appointed New NATO Secretary General Denmark's Prime Minister Rasmussen has been appointed the new NATO Secretary General. Photo by

Denmark's Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has been selected as the new NATO Secretary-General.

This was announced by Rasmussen himself during a NATO news conference at the Strasbourg - Baden Baden Summit televised live on CNN.

Thus, Denmark's Prime Minister Rasmussen is going to succeed the outgoing Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, as of August 1. 

Bulgaria's former Foreign Minister and present Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee, Solomon Passy, was among the major bidders for the NATO Secretary General position.

Rasmussen became the new Secretary General despite initial fierce opposition by Turkey to his selection over his refusal to apologize for the 2006 Mohammad cartoons affair, and the permission that a pro-PKK Kurdish TV station ROJ has to air from Danish soil.

After Rasmussen's initial remarks at the news conference of the NATO Summit, which celebrated the 60th birthday of the North Atlantic Alliance, the outgoing SG Scheffer, the French President Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Merkel all welcomed the Danish Prime Minister at his new job.

Sarkozy and Merkel also thanked Jaap de Hoop Scheffer for his contribution to NATO.

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