Advertisement

Embassy attack prompts Berlin security spat

Share this article

Police guard the US embassy in Berlin. Photo: DPA
12:38 CET+01:00
Berlin city says it needs more money from the federal government to protect embassies in the capital after an attack on the Iranian embassy by angry demonstrators earlier this week raised security concerns.

It called for more funding in response to criticism from the government that it was not doing enough to protect the capital's many diplomatic buildings, the Berliner Morgenpost reported on Saturday.

The spat broke out in the wake of an attack on the Iranian embassy on Wednesday, when members of the Iranian opposition forced their way onto the grounds and vandalize the building in Dahlem in the south west.

Annoyed at what his spokesman called “diplomatic complications” resulting from the incident, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle wrote to Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit demanding better protection for embassies, the paper said.

Over the past two years there have been 13 cases of embassy buildings being stormed or occupied in the capital, a figure the government sees as unacceptable. “There is urgent need for action on protection measures for the diplomatic facilities in Berlin,” wrote Westerwelle.

“The protection of foreign embassies is Germany's obligation under international law,” Andreas Peschke, Foreign Ministry spokesman told the paper, and added that Westerwelle was yet to receive a reply.

Berlin State Secretary Bernd Krömer rejected the criticism, pointing out that the city was perfectly aware of the need to focus on security. The city-state already spends €60 million a year on protecting important buildings, but Krömer said more money would be needed if security levels were to be raised.

“Nowhere else are there so many demonstrations, rallies and events – and that takes up a lot of resources,” said Krömer. “There are 169 diplomatic missions in the city which we protect according to necessity.”

Story continues below…

The Local/jlb

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement