Berlin vows to work withnew Iraqi government

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2 June 2004 , BERLIN - German officials on Wednesday welcomed creation of an Iraqi interim government and said they would work closely with the new leaders in Baghdad. "The German government welcomes creation of the Iraqi transitional government," said German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's chief spokesman, Bela Anda, adding: "It's an important step." Anda pledged Berlin was ready to work closely with the Iraqi government but underlined that Germany would not send troops or police to Iraq. Germany strongly

2 June 2004

BERLIN - German officials on Wednesday welcomed creation of an Iraqi interim government and said they would work closely with the new leaders in Baghdad.

"The German government welcomes creation of the Iraqi transitional government," said German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's chief spokesman, Bela Anda, adding: "It's an important step."

Anda pledged Berlin was ready to work closely with the Iraqi government but underlined that Germany would not send troops or police to Iraq.

Germany strongly opposed the Iraq war.

The new Iraqi government was named Tuesday ending weeks of tough negotiations involving US administrators in Baghdad, the United Nations and Iraqi leaders.

The formation of the interim comes as the United Nations considers a US-Briitish sponsored resolution aimed creating a new multi-national force to back up the new administration in Iraq.

This week US President George W. Bush telephoned German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to try to win the support of one of the chief critics of the Iraq war for the new UN resolution.

The United States and Britain, the lead occupying powers in Iraq, presented the draft resolution to the UN Security Council pledging a full transfer of sovereignty to Iraq on 30 June but also requesting no limit on their military command.

Germany, as a member of the 15-nation council, will vote on the resolution, and Schroeder has expressed support for the transfer of power but also has said the resolution could use improvements. He requested more details on the form of Iraq's sovereignty, on its security architecture and the UN role in Iraq.

DPA

Subject: German news

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