Joseph Luns

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Joseph Luns
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Joseph Luns in 1979
5th Secretary General of NATO
In office
1 October 1971 – 25 June 1984
Preceded byManlio Brosio
Succeeded byLord Carrington
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
13 October 1956 – 6 July 1971
Prime MinisterWillem Drees (1956–1958)
Louis Beel (1958–1959)
Jan de Quay (1959–1963)
Victor Marijnen (1963–1965)
Jo Cals (1965–1966)
Jelle Zijlstra (1966–1967)
Piet de Jong (1967–1971)
Preceded byJohan Beyen
Succeeded byNorbert Schmelzer
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
11 May 1971 – 1 October 1971
In office
23 February 1967 – 5 April 1967
In office
3 July 1956 – 3 October 1956
Minister for United Nations Affairs
In office
2 September 1952 – 13 October 1956
Prime MinisterWillem Drees
Preceded byEelco van Kleffens (1947)
Succeeded byOffice Discontinued
Personal details
Born
Joseph Antoine Marie Hubert Luns

(1911-08-28)28 August 1911
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died17 July 2002(2002-07-17) (aged 90)
Brussels, Belgium
NationalityDutch
Political partyCatholic People's Party
(1945–1974)
Other political
affiliations
Roman Catholic State Party
(1938–1945)
Spouse(s)
Baroness Lia van Heemstra
(m. 1939; died 1990)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Laws, Doctor of Law)
Leiden University
(Master of Laws)
London School of Economics
(Bachelor of Economics)
OccupationPolitician · Diplomat · Civil servant
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Joseph Marie Antoine Hubert Luns (28 August 1911 – 17 July 2002) was a Dutch politician and diplomat.

Luns was one of the most popular Dutch politicians of the time. He served a total of eight cabinets and stayed in office nineteen years, becoming the longest-serving Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2 September 1952 until 6 July 1971. He retired from Dutch politics and became the 5th (and also longest-serving) Secretary General of NATO for 13 years from 1 October 1971 until 25 June 1984.

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