March 24, 2010 / 2:10 PM / 8 years ago

Hoon asked to step down from NATO group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has asked former British defence secretary Geoff Hoon to step down from a group of experts drawing up NATO’s new mission statement after he was suspended from the Labour Party, a NATO spokesman said Wednesday.

Geoff Hoon leaves 10 Downing Street in this January 27, 2009 file image. REUTERS/Toby Melville

“It was the British government that nominated Mr Hoon to be one of the group of 12 experts and he has served there with distinction,” James Appathurai told a news briefing.

“However, given that it is clear the British government no longer supports Mr Hoon’s participation, the secretary-general has decided to ask Mr Hoon to end his participation in the group of 12,” the spokesman said.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom

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