NATO chief hospitalised: NATO
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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.

Bureau Report

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

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