Chirac, Schroeder express'horror' over Iraq brutality

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13 May 2004 , PARIS - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday expressed their "horror and indignation" over the decapitation of a young American in Iraq as well as the torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. "We have clearly criticized, the both of us, what we think of all that," Chirac told journalists in Paris. "In relation to the cruelty of which a number of Iraqis were the victim, we condemned it." For his part, Schroeder expressed "the horror provok

13 May 2004

PARIS - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday expressed their "horror and indignation" over the decapitation of a young American in Iraq as well as the torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

"We have clearly criticized, the both of us, what we think of all that," Chirac told journalists in Paris. "In relation to the cruelty of which a number of Iraqis were the victim, we condemned it."

For his part, Schroeder expressed "the horror provoked by" the decapitation of 26-year-old Nicholas Berg by presumed members of the al Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq.

"Nothing can excuse such acts," Schroeder said. "It is one of the most terrible murders you can see."

The two leaders addressed journalists in the French capital on the occasion of the third-ever joint Franco-German cabinet meeting.

Before the sitting of the combined cabinets of the two countries began, Schroeder met with Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

According to French sources, their discussions included the situation in Iraq, relations with Russia as well as fiscal and industrial policy in the enlarged European Union.

As part of the event, German ministers held discussions with their French counterparts on deepening bilateral cooperation on a number of issues.

DPA

Subject: German news

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