Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Congo Troops Stand Ready - Evidently with German Soldiers - Die Welt (German)

It seems that Germany is ready to contribute something to the proposed EU-led peace-keeping force after all, even if it is to be an admittedly symbolic contingent to be sent to participate. The position formerly adopted by the German government must have seemed as problematic to them as it did to other parties - having complained so vehemently about the humanitarian consequences of war in Iraq, for the Germans to insist, as they formerly did, on dealing with the Congo crisis solely via chequebook diplomacy, would have made their supposedly humanitarian stance on the Iraqi issue seem motivated by rather less high-minded concerns.