GERMANY: GOVERNMENT APPROVE DEPLOYMENT OF GERMAN MILITARY TO JOIN MULTINATIONAL FORCE IN BOSNIA FOLLOWING PEACE...
- Title: GERMANY: GOVERNMENT APPROVE DEPLOYMENT OF GERMAN MILITARY TO JOIN MULTINATIONAL FORCE IN BOSNIA FOLLOWING PEACE SETTLEMENT.
- Date: 24th October 1995
- Summary: BONN, GERMANY (OCTOBER 24, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV EXT. CHANCELLERY 0.06 2. SV TWO FLAGS (GERMAN AND EUROPEAN UNION) 0.11 3. SV GERMAN HEALTH MINISTER HORST SEEHOFER TALKING TO FOREIGN MINISTER KLAUS KINKEL 0.17 4. SV GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHL ARRIVING/ SITTING DOWN (2 SHOTS) 0.30 5. GV CABINET ROOM INTERIOR 0.35 6. SV GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER VOLKER RUEHE 0.43 7. GV CABINET ROOM INTERIOR 0.50 8. SV KINKEL SITTING NEXT TO KOHL 0.57 9. SV ECONOMIC COOPERATION MINISTER CARL-DIETER SPRANGER 1.00 10. GV/SV CABINET ROOM, MEDIA (2 SHOTS) 1.16 11. SV GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN PETER HAUSMANN AND GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MARTIN ERDMANN ARRIVING FOR THE NEWS CONFERENCE/ HAUSMANN, ERDMANN AND DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN HANS-DIETER WICHTER TALKING (2 SHOTS) 1.31 12. SV JOURNALISTS 1.34 13. SV HAUSMANN SAYING IF WE ARE ASKED BY NATO (NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION) WE WILL CONTRIBUTE 4,000 TROOPS. THESE WILL MOSTLY BE SOLDIERS ALREADY STATIONED IN FORMER YUGOSLAVIA. THEY WILL BE PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS AND NOT CONSCRIPTS. CONSCRIPTS WILL ONLY BE SENT IF THEY VOLUNTEER TO GO (GERMAN) 2.01 14. GV JOURNALISTS/ SV CAMERAS (3 SHOTS) 2.17 15. SV HAUSMANN SAYING IN THIS CONTEXT, IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT IS WILLING TO FOLLOW ALLIED POLICY AND GIVE THEM THE AID THAT THEY DEMAND (GERMAN) 2.33 16. SV NEWS CONFERENCE 2.37 17. SV HAUSMANN SAYING AT THE MOMENT, WE PLAN THAT OUR MISSION WILL BE LIMITED TO 12 MONTHS ONLY. WE ASSUME IT WILL COST 700 MILLION DEUTSCHMARKS (GERMAN) 3.00 18. GV NEWS CONFERENCE 3.04 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: BONN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Duration: 00:03:04
- Story Text: The German cabinet on Tuesday (October 24) approved the deployment of around 4,000 German troops to join a multinational force in Bosnia after a peace settlement has been found.
The move, in response to a request from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), was the latest step in Germany's gradual relaxation of its post-war military reserve.
The latest contingent of German ground forces is not intended to take part in any military confrontation which might be necessary to help enforce a peace settlement, although paratroopers will be sent to guard supply convoys.
Many German soldiers are already in place, staffing a field hospital in the Croatian port of Split or supporting the Tornadoes stationed in Italy.
The other parts of the German ground contingent will transport supplies, build and maintain roads and establish communications links. They will be able to operate in Bosnia but will be stationed in neighbouring Croatia.
The cabinet decision has to be approved by a simple majority in parliament, but seems likely to get backing from most of the opposition after the leadership of the parliamentary faction of the Social Democrats (SPD) approved a deployment.
Government Spokesman Peter Hausemann said the German mission would at first be limited to 12 months only.
The entire multinational force is expected to number about 60,000.
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