Reporters Ignore NATO Secretary-General’s Orders

By: William J. Kole, Associated Press Writer

(AP) He has the armies of Europe under his command, but NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson had a tough time marshaling journalists to clear a room.

After a photo session to kick off Friday’s summit of leaders of NATO members and other countries, Robertson asked reporters and photographers to leave the room so the presidents and prime ministers could talk privately.

“Would the press please leave?” he asked.

They didn’t.

“Would the press please leave — right now?” he repeated.

As journalists drifted toward the exits, Robertson quipped: “Most armies would obey me right away.”

“What I’m going to say isn’t secret anyway,” he conceded.

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