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Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, flanked by the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (right) and Czech Deputy Premier Aleksander Vondra. Schwarzenberg has previously said that Fogh Rasmussen was an 'interesting candidate' for the post of NATO secretary-general.
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Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, flanked by the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (right) and Czech Deputy Premier Aleksander Vondra. Schwarzenberg has previously said that Fogh Rasmussen was an 'interesting candidate' for the post of NATO secretary-general.

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End Game: U.S. supports Fogh for NATO

Senior NATO source says that Washington now supports Denmark's Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the race for the secretary-generalship of NATO.

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According to Politiken's information, Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is very close to becoming the next secretary-general of NATO, in a decision to be announced when NATO leaders meet at a summit in Baden-Baden in two weeks.

Decision at dinner
Although confidential negotiations are still continuing, NATO headquarters expects the decision to be announced at the dinner that will mark President Obama's first NATO summit.

“That is the scenario we are working with now. Particularly if the new secretary-general is at the dinner as one of the heads of state or government,” a senior NATO source says.

So you reckon it will be Anders Fogh Rasmussen?

“Yes that is what we believe. There is progress in relation to him, particularly with the Americans. So my view is that we are very close,” the source says, adding that an informal consensus is expected to be reached among NATO's ambassadors shortly before the summit.

The next two weeks will be spent trying to convince Turkey, which is still reported to be uncertain about Fogh Rasmussen.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has refused to comment on the speculations about his NATO candidacy.

Edited by Julian Isherwood

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