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Time to put differences behind and get back to business: NATO Chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 7, IRNA -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer 
Saturday in Munich appealed to the transatlantic community to `put the
differences of the past behind`, underlining that it was `time to get 
back to business`. 
"Over the past few weeks I have been visiting several allied 
capitals, on both sides of the Atlantic and I came away (...) with one
strong message: it is time to put the differences of the past behind 
us. It is time to get back to business," de Hoop Scheffer said. 
The NATO chief who was addressing the 40th international security 
conference in Germany`s southern city of Munich, said there were `too 
many threats on the horizon, too many challenges for us to tackle`, 
notably through terrorism and the threat of proliferation of weapons 
of mass destruction. 
"The transatlantic community has realized that we have no more 
time to waste. Transatlantic cooperation is the most effective way to 
meet these challenges," de Hoop Scheffer said. 
According to the official, `open security dialogues among 
like-minded allies and profound security cooperation in the framework 
of NATO are the best ways to balance the burden of getting the job 
done`. 
Some 250 ministers, senior officials and defense experts from over
30 countries are taking part in the two-day conference which will 
focus on the future of transatlantic ties, NATO and the developments 
in the Middle East. 
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