- Title: GERMANY: CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER WARNS AGAINST MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ.
- Date: 5th August 2002
- Summary: (U4) HANOVER, GERMANY (AUGUST 5, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV: GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHRODER ARRIVING FOR MEETING OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS (SPD) LEADERSHIP IN HANOVER, SCHROEDER'S HOMETOWN 0.08 2. MCU: SOUNDBITE (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHRODER SAYING: "We have always made clear that we are ready to show solidarity and we have done so in the Balkans and in Afghanistan as part of Enduring Freedom. But I believe that those thinking about an intervention have to think of the consequences, both politically and economically. The world economy is not in a situation where new burdens are needed. This leads me to the advice to keep up international pressure on (Iraqi president) Saddam Hussein. There is no question about it and the partners agree on this. But I believe it is wrong to discuss a military intervention with such intensity without a concept because of political and economic reasons. Those are the wrong priorities and a discussion that we (Germany) might assist financially no longer corresponds with Germany's role in the world." 1.14 3. MCU: CAMERA 1.18 4. CU/PAN: SCHROEDER WALKS INTO BUILDING 1.25 5. MV/PAN/CU: SCHROEDER AT SPD LEADERSHIP MEETING; CAMERAMAN; CLOSE UP OF SCHROEDER STUDYING PAPERS; SCHROEDER SEATED AT SPD MEETING (4 SHOTS) 1.49 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: HANOVER, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
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- Story Text: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has said he
believed it "is wrong to discuss a military intervention (of
Iraq) with such intensity without a concept because of political and
"I believe that those thinking about an intervention
have to think of the consequences, both politically and
Schroeder told journalists in Hanover on Monday (August 5)
before chairing a meeting of his Social Democrat (SPD) party
"The world economy is not in a situation where new burdens
are needed," Schroeder said, referring to a possible U.S.
military strike against Iraq.
Instead, Schroeder said that international pressure on
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should be kept up.
Schroeder was speaking before officially kicking off his
re-election bid by launching the party's campaign tour three
weeks earlier than planned.
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