Germany won't send troops, may offer naval forces

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August 17, 2006 22:32

 
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany would not send combat troops as part of the contemplated international peacekeeping force in Lebanon, but may offer naval forces to help patrol the country's coastline. Merkel said Germany was looking at "naval security" as part of its effort to support the force, after meeting with parliamentary leaders. Parliament must approve any deployment, and the German government has warned it can't make a concrete offer until rules of engagement are clarified.

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