Travis J. Tritten
Stars and Stripes
October 21, 2010

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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — On the eve of meetings between Russia and NATO, the alliance’s top military commander expressed concern about potential security problems caused by melting Arctic ice sheets.

Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander, said rising temperatures in coming years will open the region to natural resource exploration and could create a “zone of conflict,” according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.

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Stavridis urged “global leaders to take stock, and unify their efforts to ensure the Arctic remains a zone of co-operation – rather than proceed down the icy slope towards a zone of competition, or worse a zone of conflict,” according to The Guardian report.

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