Europe to offer Iraq legal and police training

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2 November 2004 , BRUSSELS - European Union leaders meeting in Brussels later this week will offer visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi increased civilian support ahead of next year's elections, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Tuesday. "We will evaluate support for (Iraq's) police and legal systems," Fischer told reporters at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Allawi is expected to meet the 25 EU leaders for a working lunch on Friday to discuss what Dutch Prime Minister and c

2 November 2004  

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders meeting in Brussels later this week will offer visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi increased civilian support ahead of next year's elections, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Tuesday.

"We will evaluate support for (Iraq's) police and legal systems," Fischer told reporters at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Allawi is expected to meet the 25 EU leaders for a working lunch on Friday to discuss what Dutch Prime Minister and current EU president Jan Peter Balkenende has described as the "form and content" of the bloc's relations with Iraq.

The timing of the meeting with Allawui is also critical as it will come in the wake of the US presidential elections.  

Fischer underlined that while Germany favoured civilian support for Iraq, Berlin remained against the deployment of any German troops in the country.

"Germany's position is unchanged," Fischer insisted.

The EU leaders will also sound out Allawi on negotiating a first-ever EU trade pact with Iraq, Dutch Foreign Minister and current EU spokesman Bernard Bot said Tuesday.

The 25-nation bloc believed that engagement with Iraq was of "great significance," Bot told reporters after EU foreign ministers discussed relations with Baghdad.

A package of EU aid measures to be put to Allawi on 5 November would include plans for a post-election effort to negotiate a trade agreement with Iraq, Bot said.

E.U. support for Iraqi elections set for January 2005 would also be offered, Bot said, adding that this would include both EU expertise in organising polls but also financial aid.
The EU would also send a fact-finding mission to Iraq after the elections to evaluate how best to help Baghdad in rebuilding its police forces and legal system, he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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