Merkel sees no peacekeeping role for Germany

July 23, 2006 16:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an end to the violence in the Middle East, saying in an interview released Sunday that the UN Security Council was the key to finding a permanent solution. Merkel said Germany would support humanitarian efforts in the region as well as participating in international diplomatic efforts, but said she saw no need for Germany to take part in a peacekeeping force. "At the moment, I can't see that," Merkel told ZDF public television in an annual interview to be broadcast later in the day. "I think our interest is, firstly, that the Lebanese government be strengthened, and that we grant humanitarian help to reduce the suffering of the people there, so that what has been destroyed can be rebuilt," Merkel said. "But that we step into an acute conflict, at the moment I don't see that as necessary."

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