Terror can only be beaten by democracy: Merkel

11th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 September 2006, HELSINKI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, said terrorism could only be defeated by boosting democracy, economic growth and human rights in crisis regions. "These threats can only be dealt with by joint action," said Merkel in remarks at the European Union's ASEM summit with Asian leaders in the Finnish capital. Merkel said the foundation of Berlin's anti-terror policy was close cooperation with EU

11 September 2006

HELSINKI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, said terrorism could only be defeated by boosting democracy, economic growth and human rights in crisis regions.

"These threats can only be dealt with by joint action," said Merkel in remarks at the European Union's ASEM summit with Asian leaders in the Finnish capital.

Merkel said the foundation of Berlin's anti-terror policy was close cooperation with EU, NATO and United Nations partners.

"Our fight against Islamist-motivated terrorism will only be successful if we strengthen democratic and economic developments in crisis regions and create more respect for human rights," said the German leader.

Merkel said Afghanistan showed that sometimes military force had to be used to fight terrorism. But she stressed force had to be used in a way which respected international law and showed tolerance and respect for other cultures.

Germany opposed the US-led Iraq war and Merkel has followed the policy of former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder by refusing to send any troops to Iraq.

The 25 EU leaders and counterparts from 13 key Asian states were due to hold a minute of silence in memory of victims of the September 11 attacks on the US at their Helsinki summit later Monday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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