Berlin rules out joining EU gendarmerie

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16 September 2004 , BERLIN - Germany has ruled out joining a European Union gendarmerie planned for deployment in crisis regions such as Kosovo, Defence Minister Peter Struck said Thursday. "We have absolutely no plans to join this force," said Struck in comments to WDR television. Struck said given Germany's Third Reich history, Berlin had good reasons for no longer having a military force with a primary role of ensuring domestic security. In Germany these tasks are strictly limited to police and federal

16 September 2004

BERLIN - Germany has ruled out joining a European Union gendarmerie planned for deployment in crisis regions such as Kosovo, Defence Minister Peter Struck said Thursday.

"We have absolutely no plans to join this force," said Struck in comments to WDR television.

Struck said given Germany's Third Reich history, Berlin had good reasons for no longer having a military force with a primary role of ensuring domestic security. In Germany these tasks are strictly limited to police and federal border guards.

European Union defence ministers are expected to approve creating an EU gendarmerie at a meeting Friday in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands plan to contribute troops to the force.

DPA

Subject: German news

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