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NATO ALLIES STEPPING UP EFFORT TO FIND NEW CHIEF

NATO allies are stepping up efforts to find a new leader as the military alliance prepares to admit former Warsaw Pact foes as members in the coming years.

With the start of the fall session this week, the allies turn their attention to selecting a replacement for Secretary-General Manfred Woerner, who died Aug. 13 of cancer. No candidates have been officially nominated for the high-profile job.But names making the rounds include British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd and Hans van den Broek, foreign affairs chief of the European Union and former foreign minister of the Netherlands. Also under consideration are Belgian Foreign Minister Willy Claes and U.N. peace envoy Thorvald Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian foreign and defense minister.

Traditionally, NATO's top political job is held by a European since an American general, currently George Joulwan, is commander of its military wing.