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    In Paris, Apr. 21, former Dutch Foreign Minister Dr. Dirk Stikker was formally nominated by?

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    In Paris, Apr. 21, former Dutch Foreign Minister Dr. Dirk Stikker was formally nominated by the NATO Council as Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The post - offered to him by the Ambassadors of NATO's 15 member countries on Apr. 18 - had been vacant since the beginning of May, following the resignation of M. Spaak to return to Belgian politics.

    The nomination ceremony was attended by Dean Acheson, President Kennedy's special adviser on NATO affairs, and presided over by Signor Casardi of Italy, the acting secretary-general.

    Dr. Stikker, 64 has been the Dutch permanent representative to the Atlantic Council since 1958. Described as a "born conciliator and internationalist", he was Dutch Ambassador in London from 1952 to 1958. He became a Doctor of Laws in 1922, made his name in international finance, and later headed the Dutch Employers' Association. During World War Two, Dr. Stikker helped to finance the Dutch Resistance. After the war he formed a moderate party, became Foreign Minister in 1948, and played a prominent part in OEEC.

    In his inaugural address (SOF) as Secretary-General of NATO, Dr. Stikker said he would not at this point attempt to review the international situation. He paid tribute to his predecessor, whom he called "a brilliant, most powerful and magnetic personality". Of the future of NATO he said: "If we can go to work together quietly we will be able to achieve a great deal. That is the spirit in which I have accepted this difficult but very honourable task."

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