More foreign troops won't help Iraq, Berlin says

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30 September 2004 , BERLIN - The German government - which strongly opposed the Iraq war - does not believe deploying more troops to the country will help reduce ongoing attacks, an official said Thursday. "I have the feeling that sending more troops at the moment would not improve the security situation," said the official speaking on the condition of anonymity. With 140,000 soldiers from the United States and 10,000 from Britain currently stationed in Iraq there was no good reason for other countries to

30 September 2004

BERLIN - The German government - which strongly opposed the Iraq war - does not believe deploying more troops to the country will help reduce ongoing attacks, an official said Thursday.

"I have the feeling that sending more troops at the moment would not improve the security situation," said the official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

With 140,000 soldiers from the United States and 10,000 from Britain currently stationed in Iraq there was no good reason for other countries to send fresh forces, the official said.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has vowed not to send forces to Iraq and has even insisted that German training for Iraqi police take place outside the country - in the United Arab Emirates.

The German official said that improving the situation in Iraq depended on other more fundamental issues, which he identified as:

- The building up Iraq's own military and police forces so they could defend the country.

- The careful preparation of elections planned for next year to ensure all ethnic groups and parties take part so there is no questioning of the results.

DPA

Subject: German news

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