Schroeder rules out troopsin Iraq before Bush visit

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18 January 2005 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is sticking to his "no" on sending troops to Iraq ahead of his meeting with US President George W. Bush next month. "We will not send troops to Iraq," said Schroeder at a news conference. Germany and France led European opposition to the Iraq war. But Schroeder insisted differences over Iraq with the US now had to be seen as "history" and he held out the possibility that Berlin would boost its police training programme for Iraqis being run in t

18 January 2005

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is sticking to his "no" on sending troops to Iraq ahead of his meeting with US President George W. Bush next month.

"We will not send troops to Iraq," said Schroeder at a news conference. Germany and France led European opposition to the Iraq war.

But Schroeder insisted differences over Iraq with the US now had to be seen as "history" and he held out the possibility that Berlin would boost its police training programme for Iraqis being run in the United Arab Emirates or its Iraqi officer training programme in Germany.

"I am really looking to meeting President Bush," said Schroeder said, adding that "there are no real complications in bilateral ties."

Schroeder and Bush will meet in the western German city of Mainz on 23 February for a working dinner.

German officials say the meeting was requested by Bush and that this is seen as recognition by Washington of Germany's mediator role in the European Union and also the Middle East.

DPA

Subject: German news

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