Merkel plans law for German homeland defence

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15 November 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she planned legislation allowing the air force and navy to be deployed on homeland anti-terror missions. Merkel, in a speech to Germany's police union, said it would be a waste of resources to give the police advanced aircraft and ships already deployed by the armed forces. "I think the coalition will reach an amicable agreement on such a move," said Merkel. She did not say when the new anti-terror bill would be finalized or when

15 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she planned legislation allowing the air force and navy to be deployed on homeland anti-terror missions.

Merkel, in a speech to Germany's police union, said it would be a waste of resources to give the police advanced aircraft and ships already deployed by the armed forces.

"I think the coalition will reach an amicable agreement on such a move," said Merkel. She did not say when the new anti-terror bill would be finalized or when it could enter into force.

Germany has strict laws limiting use of its armed forces inside the country as a reaction to abuses during the Nazi era.

Earlier this year, Germany's highest court overturned a law which allowed the air force to shoot down a hijacked passenger plane in a last resort to prevent it from being used as a missile as in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

The court ruled that such killing of innocent civilians with the hijackers would breach Germany's constitution which guarantees the right to life.

DPA

Subject: German news

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