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Former NATO chiefs urge alliance to fight Ebola

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

BRUSSELS (AP): Two former heads of NATO are urging the Western defence alliance to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

George Robertson of Britain and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of the Netherlands, who both served as NATO secretary general, said yesterday that the 28-nation military alliance "has access to unique capabilities that could make a difference".

They cited NATO's capabi-lities in air and sea logistical support, its expertise in biological defences and its track record in coordinating international operations.

Robertson and de Hoop Scheffer signed open letters to NATO's current chief, Jens Stoltenberg, and the leaders of the UN and World Health Organisation.

The letters, distributed by the London-based European Leadership Network think tank, were also signed by former prime ministers from France, Italy and the Netherlands, and more than 30 other European public figures.