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NATO Secretary General blogs on Turkey-Greece tensions

August 26, 2009

The new Secretary General is apparently into new media.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen used his video blog to comment on the need to reconcile Greece-Turkey relations.

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I know it is a bilateral issue between the two countries. But we have come to the point where it is causing us problems in our missions.

In Afghanistan, NATO cannot reach an agreement to support EU police. Off the horn of Africa both NATO and (the) EU have naval missions in the same area against piracy. But we have no agreement on who will do what or how to support each other.

That is just two examples of how these problems have spread far beyond Turkey and Greece.

I hope it is possible to embark on a more pragmatic approach that will increase the security in our missions and make our efforts more efficient.

We got word of this blogpost via the secretary general’s twitter account (AndersFoghR). This multimedia charm offensive has to be a first for a NATO Secretary General, an unprecedented way to connect the leader of the alliance with people around the world.

The questions that led to the comments on Greece-Turkey came from someone in Turkey.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Secretary General makes a similar blogpost on Greece v. FYROM.

One Comment leave one →
  1. PAT permalink
    August 26, 2009 23:26

    Really interesting look at the Secretary. I thought he showed mastery of new media.

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