EU: Iraq needs more than military might

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11 January 2007, Brussels (dpa) - The European Commission on Thursday cautioned the United States against relying only on increased military power to end violence in Iraq. A day after US President George W Bush announced the deployment of 20,000 additional troops in Iraq, the European Union's executive agency said a "more comprehensive approach" was required to bring peace to the country. Stabilizing Iraq required action in the security sector but also in the political, economic and development arenas, com

11 January 2007

Brussels (dpa) - The European Commission on Thursday cautioned the United States against relying only on increased military power to end violence in Iraq.

A day after US President George W Bush announced the deployment of 20,000 additional troops in Iraq, the European Union's executive agency said a "more comprehensive approach" was required to bring peace to the country.

Stabilizing Iraq required action in the security sector but also in the political, economic and development arenas, commission spokesman Johannes Laitenberger told reporters.

Emma Udwin, spokeswoman for EU external relations chief Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said the commission welcomed the fact that President Bush had "alluded" to a more comprehensive approach in Iraq.

"We hope the measures (by Washington) will lead to greater stability," said Udwin, adding that the process of national reconciliation was important to achieve an end to bloodshed.

Several EU countries, including Germany, France and Belgium, opposed the US-led war to topple Saddam Hussein. But EU governments have injected millions of euros into Iraq's economic and social development since the end of the war.

In addition to the surge of US troops announced by Bush, the US is also set to double the size of the 10 provincial reconstruction teams and pour more money into the Iraqi economy, infrastructure and other public projects.

DPA

Subject: German news

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