Thursday, October 14, 2004

France and Germany say no

France and Germany don't want NATO to take over "reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan."

France and Germany spoke out against a U.S. proposal to put NATO in charge of the military and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, but U.S. and other officials said the alliance would look at options for merging the missions.

The issue featured prominently in a meeting of NATO defense ministers at a Romanian ski resort.

"There may be some interest in synergy between the two operations, but a merger of the forces makes no sense," said French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.

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