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Aid organisations blast German government

DDP/The Local · 29 Dec 2009, 09:03

Published: 29 Dec 2009 09:03 GMT+01:00

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Wolfgang Jamann, general secretary of the German relief organisation Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper that development aid should not be a military instrument.

"Development cooperation is a lot more successful when it is independent of military operations," Jamann declared.

Niebel said on Monday that German development aid would "concentrate on the places where we have military responsibilities." He called on non-government organisations to cooperate with the German army.

Rupert Neudeck, head of non-government organisation Grünhelme (Green Helmets), which is active in Afghanistan, sees Niebel's announcement as an escalation of the government's tone.

Neudeck admitted that, in principle, Niebel's statement was in line with the government's Afghanistan policy of associating Germany's military operation with civilian development. "But so far no-one has actually dared to tie that cooperation to a threat," Neudeck told the newspaper.

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Neudeck believes there has been a stealthy dissolution of the distinction between humanitarian aid and armed operations. He called this development fatal and indicated that it contradicts the Geneva Convention.

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15:31 December 29, 2009 by Thames
The United States has been asssociating civilian developement with military operations for years and the old Soveit Union did it as well. Germany as a client state of the US is just doing the same thing. In the Afgan situation there is no way for the western nations to achieve their stated aims (if they are achievable)

without tying civilian developement to military operations.
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