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NATO 'respects' results of Scotland's independence referendum

Following the independence referendum in Scotland that decided in favor of unification with Britain, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a statement.

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JC Finley
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (l) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago. (UPI/Brian Kersey)
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (l) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago. (UPI/Brian Kersey) | License Photo

BRUSSELS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- NATO commented Friday after the results of the Scottish referendum for independence were announced.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a statement, wishing the United Kingdom well as it moves forward and expressed confidence the founding NATO member would continue in its "leading role."

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"I fully respect the choice that the people of Scotland have made in yesterday's referendum.

"I welcome Prime Minister Cameron's statement that the United Kingdom will go forward as a united country.

"The United Kingdom is a founding member of NATO, and I am confident that the United Kingdom will continue to play a leading role to keep our Alliance strong."

The referendum for independence was held Thursday, with 55 percent of reporting districts in favor of unity.

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