Rice gets mixed European response

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2004, BERLIN- Despite the official warm welcome given to the announcement of Condoleezza Rice's elevation to the job as America's top diplomat, her nomination as US Secretary of State has received a mixed response in Europe.

17 November 2004

BERLIN- Despite the official warm welcome given to the announcement of Condoleezza Rice's elevation to the job as America's top diplomat, her nomination as US Secretary of State has received a mixed response in Europe.

Indeed, in the wake of the announcement most of the German and European press zeroed in on her famous summing up of the crisis in the transatlantic alliance over the war in Iraq, which was: "Punish France, ignore Germany and forgive Russia." Moscow, Berlin and Paris opposed the US-led war in Iraq.

Moreover, while German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he will miss outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell but that he looked forward to working with Rice, he also used her appointment to call on Washington to pursue greater consultation with its allies.

"Our country knows and has a friendly relationship (with Powell)," said Schroeder in an interview with Die Zeit newspaper, adding: "I am thoroughly looking forward to working together as a team with Condoleezza Rice."

Schroeder, who strongly opposed the Iraq war, said Germany was standing by its policy of not sending troops to Baghdad.

However, Germany has moved to overcome differences with Washington and is helping train Iraqi soldiers and police outside Iraq.

The chancellor said boosting Iraqi security was less a question of more soldiers and more likely to be enhanced by the carrying out of Iraqi elections in January which would lead to an "authorised government."

Described by US President George W. Bush "America's face to the world," Rice is expected to move to try to lay aside tensions between Washington and its European allies, which is likely to include frequent trips to Paris, Berlin and London.

But in his interview with Die Zeit Schroeder argued that Washington can win wars - but not peace - on when it acted alone.

Schroeder told the newspaper that the United States' military power is enormous.

But he went on to say: "I hope they realise that one can win wars alone, but not peace - and that the conclusion will be drawn that they should consult more carefully than ever with the partners who have to be there afterward."

Schroeder said he could not imagine the United States using military force against Iran, which Washington accuses of trying to build nuclear weapons -- "and I can only warn against it."

"Security is not guaranteed in Afghanistan. The conflict in Iraq is far from solved," said Schroeder, who also rejected any military intervention in Iran.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: German news

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