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NATO views Arab protests as indirect security threat

NATO has voiced 'deep concern' over the popular upheaval in several west-backed Arab states, warning evolving situation in North Africa and Middle east could eventually lead to a new world order.

world Updated: Feb 05, 2011 14:00 IST

NATO has voiced 'deep concern' over the popular upheaval in several west-backed Arab states, warning evolving situation in North Africa and Middle east could eventually lead to a new world order.

Talking at the 47th Munich Security Conference, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, "As I speak, fast-moving events are unfolding in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. The outcome of this turmoil remains unclear, its long-term consequences unpredictable. But one thing we know: old certainties no longer hold, tectonic plates are shifting".

Rasmussen urged European NATO states to scrap plans to cut military spending in the wake of the mass protests in the Arab world, saying what was at stake today was 'not just the world economy, but the world order.

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