Schroeder stands by decisionto sell armoured vehicles to Iraq

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4 October 2004, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is standing by his decision to deliver armoured troop transport tanks to Iraq despite criticism of his Greens coalition partner, a spokesman said Monday. Germany will deliver 20 Fuchs (fox) armoured personnel carriers to the Iraqi armed forces, said Schroeder's deputy spokesman Thomas Steg. "We will not take back the decision. The delivery will take place," said Steg who dismissed calls by the Greens at the weekend to bar arms sales to Iraq by un

4 October 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is standing by his decision to deliver armoured troop transport tanks to Iraq despite criticism of his Greens coalition partner, a spokesman said Monday.

Germany will deliver 20 Fuchs (fox) armoured personnel carriers to the Iraqi armed forces, said Schroeder's deputy spokesman Thomas Steg.

"We will not take back the decision. The delivery will take place," said Steg who dismissed calls by the Greens at the weekend to bar arms sales to Iraq by underlining that such systems were crucial to building up Iraq's security forces.

Schroeder strongly opposed the Iraq war and has rejected sending German troops to serve in the country.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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