NATO chief hospitalised: NATO

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 23:21

Brussels: NATO chief Jaap de Hoop
Scheffer was hospitalised in Brussels today after suffering an
arterial thrombosis, a spokesman for the alliance said.

"The secretary general went to hospital," James
Appathurai said.

"They have cleared a small blockage in an artery.
He is resting comfortably," he said.

De Hoop Scheffer was still in intensive care and
will remain under observation for a few days, but doctors
expect him to make a full recovery, Appathurai added.

Earlier today, Appathurai had reported that the
secretary general had been taken ill while inaugurating a
"NATO village" at a park in central Brussels on Belgium`s
national holiday.

De Hoop Scheffer, whose mandate expires at the end
of the month, had to sit down on a park bench, suffering from
the heat and humidity, said Appathurai.

In recent days he made a series of trips to many of
the alliance`s 28 member states as he prepares to hand over to
Denmark`s former Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 23:21

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