Turk Appointed to Senior NATO Post

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ANKARA (Hurriyet) – NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has appointed a Turk as the body’s deputy responsible for defense and planning, keeping a 2009 promise to appoint a Turk to the job.

Secretary General Rasmussen appointed Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, a foreign policy adviser to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, on Friday.

Rasmussen had promised Turkey to appoint a deputy secretary general from the country after a row at NATO’s 60th anniversary summit in Strasbourg in 2009 overshadowed his own appointment. The crisis was solved after Turkey was promised the posts of senior military command and deputy secretary general.

Turkey had initially insisted on vetoing Rasmussen because of fears that his appointment as NATO secretary general could become a focus of anti-Western protest in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. U.S. President Barack Obama later played a role in solving the disagreement.

In 2006, then-Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen angered Turkey and other Muslim countries for defending the right to publish the divisive Mohammed cartoons on the grounds of free speech.

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6 Comments

  1. MountArarat said:

    If they are doing this it is to make the Turks feel important.
    We all know that NATO does not trust the Turks
    In fact they hate the Turks
    Look how they have double crossed them with Afghanistan
    Do you think that this is not going to cost the Turks something.

    I will tell you what this is going to cost the Turks
    Half of their country
    Yep
    Turks have kissed it good bye
    There is not such idiot in this dog eat dog world.
    You play dirty with them and they will play dirty with you

  2. Arn. Sweden. said:

    ANKARA (Hurriyet) – NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has appointed a Turk as the body’s deputy responsible for defense and planning, keeping a 2009 promise to appoint a Turk to the job.

    Comment –

    So – in practise this means –

    Turkey can plan a Nato Defence or Attack against Armenia ???.

    Armenia has to take that into acount !!!.

    I would Suggest Russia and Future Serbia as allies

    God bless Armenia forever !!!.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENtL_li4GbE

    Arn. Sweden.

  3. manooshag said:

    Hye, USA was force that got the Turks into NATO – hoping that Turks would ‘change’… some change!!
    A Turk is a Turk is a Turk.. still seeking their revival of the Ottoman empire – which they lost and vented
    against Armenians via a Genocide of a nation… and today,Genocide the Kurds… ala Turkish mentality.
    Manooshag

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