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NATO chief wants military in Arctic as it thaws

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At Arctic summit, he sees need to defuse conflicts over energy, sea routes

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - An Arctic thaw will open up sea routes and competition for lucrative energy reserves in a multinational scramble sure to pose new security threats, NATO's chief said Thursday.NATO commanders and lawmakers meeting in Iceland's capital said a military presence in the region will eventually be needed as standoffs between powerful nations unfold.

"I would be the last one to expect military conflict — but there will be a military presence," NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told delegates. "It should be a military presence that is not overdone, and there is a need for political cooperation and economic cooperation."

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as if there was any doubt we would be fighting over whats left....


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