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Germany - no talk of military action in Syria

The Local · 30 May 2012, 14:53

Published: 30 May 2012 14:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 May 2012 14:53 GMT+02:00

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"From the federal government's point of view, there is no reason to speculate over military options regarding the situation in Syria," spokesman Martin Schäfer told a regular government news conference.

Germany, Britain, France, the United States and other Western nations have expelled Syrian diplomats in the wake of a massacre at the weekend in which 108 people, mainly women and children, were killed in the area of Houla, in central Syria.

Schäfer said Germany would not rule out further sanctions on the regime in Damascus as the international community seeks to increase the pressure to end the bloody unrest that erupted in March last year.

Angela Merkel's spokesman told the same briefing that the issue of Syria would "very likely" be a topic of discussion between the chancellor and Russian President Vladimir Putin when the latter visits Berlin on Friday.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will also be hosting talks with his new French counterpart, Laurent Fabuis, next Monday centred on the crisis in Syria and the situation in Iran and Afghanistan.

They are set to have a working lunch followed by a joint news conference in the mid-afternoon.

The talks will be dominated by the bloodshed in Syria, after French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the use of armed force might be possible in Syria following the Houla massacre, but only under UN auspices.

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The ministers will also discuss Afghanistan after Paris announced it would pull France's 3,500 troops out by the end of 2012, a year ahead of the previous schedule and two years before the official NATO withdrawal date.


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18:43 May 30, 2012 by catjones
germany is the spectator to the world..unless it can gain a profit. It also is good at taking out the Rule Book and pointing to infractions using Spock Logic to change the behavior of despots. Meanwhile, the death toll rises whilst others take on the hard work of putting their countryman's lives on the line and their money where their mouths are.
19:47 May 30, 2012 by Gestapo
My question is why would German get involved in a war that has nothing to do with her? This is going to be another bloodshed like Libya. I wonder why some countries enjoy going to war???? just my opinion.
19:47 May 30, 2012 by Beachrider
Germany needs to decide on its leadership with this kind of issue. Too much passivity makes it look like the German populace doesn't care about Syria at all.

If true, then keep it up, if not then speak quickly.
20:41 May 30, 2012 by Anth2305
The more cynical among us may believe that many of these conflicts have a lot more to do with covert activities employed by certain countries in the furtherance of engineering regime change than they have to do with the humanitarian issues, which is the usual reason drummed up for military intervention, especially as our governments and media can appear to be selectively blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to speaking out and reporting on the blatant human rights violations taking place in certain countries.
02:16 May 31, 2012 by Shah Sher
It seems the interest of European leaders is far from diplomacy, whyare NATO countries resentful of diplomatic moves? It seems strange that Syria would commit such a heinous crime in front of the U.N observers that they invited into the country. We need to investigate the agenda of the government and opposition forces and determine what objectives each side is working towards.

There are several points to consider:

1. The BBC's fabrication of evidence.

2. According to Ban Ki Moon the massacre occurred in an area "outside of the government control".

3. Some of the victims were beheaded; unusual method for a conventional armed force.

4. Artillery fire was also available to the opposition.

5. The Syrian government had no motive for this act which would have potentially invited military intervention, sectarian violence and destroyed any moral legitimacy for peace.

Why would the government shell an area with militia present. Do we have any militia casualties? It doesnt make any sense. The BBC seem to be having a field day with this, first it was the government, now its militia. There should be an immediate probe in to this incident. Shah Sher
18:01 June 1, 2012 by yuri_nahl
The same propagandizing western corporate media who brought you, "He has Weapons of Mass Destruction" are bringing you photos of Greece and Iraq claiming it is Syria. Even Zbigniew Brezinski has spoken against the eager beaver war mongering western former great powers invading Syria. Spreading "democracy", (debt). Why not spread some of the same favours to Bahrain, or Saudi Arabia, where they have made great strides in women's rights by letting women drive cars last year, was it? This is obviously an attempt to surround Iran with western apes so the apes can reintroduce western oil companies to steal Iranian oil, like they did more than once previously. You have a computer. Why are you still ignorant? The Germans had their country bombed flat by these same former great powers. Maybe having their souls purified by this experience makes Germans more hesitant to join in with the other Poodle nations who have one characteristic in common: deep in debt. They will only get their bones thrown to them by the Big Sick Dog if they are "good Poodles".
06:37 June 9, 2012 by agc55
Iraq.... disaster 100k's died, Afghanistan.. a complete disaster all round, Libya could go either way. Egypt making some good progress, Tunisia looking good. Syria I have moved from slight to complete disinterest. The lesson... its best in the long run to let countries sort out there own despotic feudal cultures. At the end of the day these countries will still only remember the bad things about the west. If we in the west are to spill our blood it should be for EU/ NATO lands.
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