Germany: Still no request for troops

Special sitting of German Cabinet on role in UN force in Lebanon put off.

September 3, 2006 16:39
1 minute read.
Germany: Still no request for troops

merkel 298. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Sunday a special sitting of the Cabinet on Germany's role in the new UN peacekeeping operation in Lebanon has been put off because Berlin has not yet received a request for troops. Ulrich Wilhelm said the Cabinet session would not take place Monday, saying it could only take place once Germany's help is requested.

  • Israeli envoy: Germany accepting 'burden of history' "The Lebanese Prime Minister (Fuad) Saniora informed the German chancellor that because of internal Lebanese discussions, the necessary request had not yet been made of the UN," Wilhelm said in a statement. "It is clear: without such a request from Lebanon of the United Nations, German military involvement is not possible." Germany has offered to patrol Lebanon's coast rather than send ground troops as part of a UN peacekeeping force after the conflict between Israel and Lebanon-based Hezbollah. Wilhelm said Germany would only send troops under clear conditions and after Lebanon had declared its interest in Germany's participation to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. "The other nations like Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands that are willing to take part in securing Lebanon's maritime borders have made it clear in the same way," Wilhelm said. "The essential conditions for a German engagement remain: the agreement of the conflict parties; a robust mandate that makes it possible to fulfill the mission; and the agreement of the German parliament."

    Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

  • Related Content

    France Israel French Jews
    July 17, 2019
    French MP: Paris should be more supportive of Israel


    Cookie Settings