No German ground troops in Lebanon: Merkel

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22 August 2006, BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday again underlined that Germany will not send ground forces to Lebanon as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force. "We view combat ground troops from Germany as wrong," said Merkel in a policy speech to members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin. Merkel said the German government stood by its offer to the UN of naval forces to help guard Lebanon's coastal border. The Chancellor noted that Germany had a special obligation to

22 August 2006

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday again underlined that Germany will not send ground forces to Lebanon as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

"We view combat ground troops from Germany as wrong," said Merkel in a policy speech to members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin.

Merkel said the German government stood by its offer to the UN of naval forces to help guard Lebanon's coastal border.

The Chancellor noted that Germany had a special obligation to protect Israel given the legacy of the Holocaust.

A total of 15,000 troops for Lebanon are planned under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 from August 11 which ended hostilities between Israel and Shiite Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

The additional soldiers are to bolster the current 2,000 UNIFIL troops already in southern Lebanon.

Italy says it will play the lead role in the force and plans to send between 2,000 and 3,000 ground troops.

DPA

Subject: German news

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