Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Germany to the rescue?

Senior German officials have backed off Germany's previous statements categorically opposing troops in Iraq.

Peter Struck, the German defence minister, gave an interview, saying:

"At present I rule out the deployment of German troops in Iraq. In general, however, there is no one who can predict developments in Iraq in such a way that he could make a such a binding statement [about the future]."

Mr Struck also welcomed Mr Kerry�s proposal that he would convene an international conference on Iraq.

"This is a very sensible proposal. The situation in Iraq can only be cleared up when all those involved sit together at one table. Germany has taken on responsibilities in Iraq, including financial ones; this would naturally justify our involvement in such a conference."

Another senior German official said:
"When the situation in Iraq changes, when elections have been held, or there are other developments, then we will make decisions on this basis. If a democratically-elected Iraqi government were to ask the UN for support, the international community, including Germany, must be in a position to respond."

This new information seems to support statements from John Kerry's camp that they can, infact, go back to the Germans, Russians, French, etc. and build a much stronger alliance to bring peace and security to Iraq.

With over 320,000 troops, Germany's military is second in Europe only to that of Russia. Their participation in Iraq would make them the largest partner in the coalition.

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