Brussels, 12 June 1997 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. General Wesley Clark has been chosen to succeed General George Joulwan as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
In a statement released yesterday, NATO said Clark will replace Joulwan next month. Clark's nomination must still be ratified by the U.S. Senate (upper house). Joulwan oversaw NATO's operations in Bosnia, its biggest ever. NATO currently has about 21,000 troops in the region.
The 52-year-old Clark is a four-star Army general in charge of the U.S. Southern Command in Panama, which oversees military operations in Central and South America. He helped broker the 1995 peace accord in Bosnia. Clark will oversee the rest of the mission, which U.S. President Bill Clinton has said will end by the summer of 1998.