NATO considering more troops?

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ended his three-day visit to Afghanistan, meeting with top Afghan officials in his first trip as the NATO leader.

Danish P.M. to be NATO secretary-general

STRASBOURG, France, April 4 (UPI) -- Anders Fogh Rasmussen, prime minister of Denmark, will be the next NATO secretary-general, current NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Saturday.

Ukraine to allow NATO Afghan passage

KIEV, Ukraine, April 3 (UPI) -- Ukraine, seeking NATO membership, says it will allow the organization to move non-military cargo across its land to Afghanistan.
Rasmussen seen as next NATO leader

Rasmussen seen as next NATO leader

BRUSSELS, March 23 (UPI) -- Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen appears next in line to become the NATO secretary-general, analysts said in Brussels.

Spain pulling troops out of Kosovo

ISTOK, Kosovo, March 19 (UPI) -- Spain has completed its international military effort in Kosovo and plans to withdraw all of its troops, Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon said.
Search on for new NATO chief

Search on for new NATO chief

BRUSSELS, March 5 (UPI) -- NATO members meeting in Brussels say they've begun considering successors to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who ends his term as NATO secretary-general July 31.

NATO, OCCAR sign deal on document security

BRUSSELS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Top officials from NATO and the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation met in Brussels to sign a deal ensuring the security of classified information.

NATO head calls for support of declaration

BRUSSELS, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The head of NATO called for support of a new strategic concept to support the trans-Atlantic agency's mission around the world.

NATO to resume dialogue with Russia

BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers of NATO members, meeting in Brussels, agreed Tuesday to resume a dialogue with Russia.

EU and NATO leaders meet, discuss piracy

BRUSSELS, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Top officials from NATO and the European Union met Monday to discuss the ongoing efforts in the Gulf of Aden to combat piracy threats.

Bush signs on to new NATO members

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush signed protocols at a White House ceremony in Washington Friday that would allow Albania and Croatia to join NATO.

Ahmadinejad warns against NATO talks

TBILISI, Iran, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says NATO should not interfere with the Caucacus states following Russia's recent incursion in the Republic of Georgia.
Russia says NATO relations will change

Russia says NATO relations will change

MOSCOW, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- NATO's stand on the Russia-Georgia clash likely will affect relations with the international treaty alliance, the Russian NATO ambassador said Thursday.

NATO head praises Aussies

TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Australian troops pushing farther south into Afghanistan into Taliban strongholds have received words of praise during a recent visit from the head of NATO.

NATO not planning bases in Ukraine

BRUSSELS, June 13 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer tried to calm fears Thursday that the alliance is planning to build military bases in Ukraine.
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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
U.S. President George W. Bush (R), NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (L), First Lady Laura Bush (2nd-L) and Scheffer's wife Jaap de Hoop Scheffer pose for a photo-op following a meeting between Scheffer and Bush, at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, May 21, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ron Russek II)

Jakob Gijsbert "Jaap" de Hoop Scheffer ( /jɑːp də hoːp ˈsxɛfər/ (help·info), born 3 April 1948) is a Dutch politician and a former NATO Secretary General. De Hoop Scheffer served as the Dutch foreign minister, and was an important figure in the Dutch decision to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In 2004, De Hoop Scheffer was chosen as the 11th NATO Secretary General, which he remained until 2009.

Born in Amsterdam, De Hoop Scheffer graduated with an LLM from Leiden University in 1974. After completing military service in the air force, where he became a reserve officer, he worked for the ministry of foreign affairs from 1976 to 1986. For the first two years, he was stationed at the Dutch embassy in Ghana. After that, he worked at the Dutch delegation at NATO headquarters in Brussels until 1980.

Although he has been a member of the D66 party, he became a member of the Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA) in 1982. At the elections of 1986, he was elected to the House of Representatives. He was a spokesman on foreign affairs for his party. Between 1997 and 2001, he was the leader of the CDA delegation in the House of Representatives, at a time when the CDA was in opposition. This made him the party leader.

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