Kerry could be a problem forBerlin, says US ambassador

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1 November 2004 , BERLIN - The US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats, warned Monday that a victory for John Kerry in the American presidential election would likely lead to pressure on Berlin to send troops to Iraq. Ambassador Coats, who is a supporter of US President George W. Bush, said that Bush had accepted the German decision not to send troops to Iraq. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder strongly opposed the Iraq war and a row over the use of American military force plunged US-German ties into their

1 November 2004

BERLIN - The US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats, warned Monday that a victory for John Kerry in the American presidential election would likely lead to pressure on Berlin to send troops to Iraq.

Ambassador Coats, who is a supporter of US President George W. Bush, said that Bush had accepted the German decision not to send troops to Iraq.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder strongly opposed the Iraq war and a row over the use of American military force plunged US-German ties into their worst crisis since 1945.

Bush and Schroeder patched up their relations at last June's G8 summit of industrial nations at Sea Island, Georgia.

Coats said President Bush had no plans to seek German soldiers for Iraq but he underlined that Kerry had made clear getting European troops for Baghdad would be a top goal.

"This could become a pretty big dispute with Germany," said Coats in a Berliner Zeitung newspaper interview.

Despite this, Coats said he did not expect many major changes in U.S. Iraq policy if Kerry wins.

The ambassador said European opposition to Bush was mainly due to style questions.

President Bush was disliked by Europeans mainly because of his deportment, said Coats, adding this was similar to the way Europe widely disliked former US presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Woodrow Wilson.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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