Schroeder to Kerry
Gerhard Schroeder is speaking loud and clear to John Kerry:
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday ruled out sending German troops to Iraq after his defense minister said a deployment was possible.
Defense Minister Peter Struck had said Wednesday that Germany, which opposed the U.S.-led war to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, could eventually send troops to Iraq, although he ruled out any immediate move. Struck made his comments in a newspaper interview and in a briefing to reporters at a NATO summit in Romania.
The chancellor, however, was quick to contradict Struck.
"The position of Germany will not change. We will not send soldiers to Iraq," Schroeder said at a news conference in Rome, after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.