- Title: SPAIN: SPAIN AND GERMANY REVIVE MILITARY PACT AT SUMMIT IN LEON
- Date: 8th November 2004
- Summary: (W5) LEON, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 8, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. SLV EXTERIOR OF SUMMIT VENUE PARADOR SAN MARCOS 0.04 2. SV POLICE 0.07 3. MCU PHOTOGRAPHERS 0.11 4. SLV GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHROEDER AND SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO ARRIVING 0.22 5. SV ONLOOKERS 0.25 6. SLV/SV SCHROEDER SHAKING HANDS WITH SPANISH DELEGATION (2 SHOTS) 0.36 7. LV POLICE HELICOPTER FLYING OVER SUMMIT VENUE 0.40 8. SLV/MCU ZAPATERO AND SCHROEDER DURING BILATERAL MEETING (4 SHOTS) 0.57 9. SLV EXTERIOR OF VENUE WITH BOTH DELEGATIONS AND TROOPS FOR REVIEW (3 SHOTS) 1.10 10. SV SCHROEDER AND ZAPATERO LISTENING TO GERMAN ANTHEM 1.13 11. SSV/MCU/SLV SEVERAL OF BAND PLAYING/SCHROEDER AND ZAPATERO ON PODIUM (3 SHOTS) 1.26 12. SLV ONLOOKERS 1.30 13. SLV/MCU/SV ZAPATERO AND SCHROEDER REVIEWING TROOPS (4 SHOTS) 2.11 14. SV ZAPATERO AND SCHROEDER SHAKING HANDS WITH GERMAN AND SPANISH MINISTERS 2.26 15. SV ZAPATERO AND SCHROEDER ENTER BUILDING FOR WORKING SESSION 2.31 16. SV GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER JOSCHKA FISCHER AND SPANISH COUNTERPART MIGUEL ANGEL MORATINOS ENTERING BUILDING FOR SUMMIT 2.38 17. SV/MCU WORKING SESSION (4 SHOTS) 2.52 18. SV/SLV/MCU MINISTERS COMING OUT OF BUILDING FOR FAMILY PHOTO / GROUP OF CHILDREN SHOUT FOR A PICTURE TO BE TAKEN WITH ZAPATERO (3 SHOTS) 3.12 19. SLV CHILDREN WALK TOWARDS MINISTERS FOR PHOTO 3.20 20. LV/SV/MCU CHILDREN WITH MINISTERS (3 SHOTS) 3.32 21. SV SPANISH DEFENCE MINISTER JOSE BONO AND GERMAN JUSTICE MINISTER BRIGITTE ZYPRIES POSING FOR FAMILY PHOTO 3.35 22. SV ZAPATERO AND SCHROEDER 3.39 23. PAN/LV FAMILY PHOTO (2 SHOTS) 3.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2004 12:00
- Location: LEON, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Reuters ID: LVA2D4KTETNH3M3YXUMV2BG3DCKH
- Story Text: Spain and Germany revive military pact at summit in
Spain and Germany have revived a military
cooperation agreement dormant since 2001 when Spain failed
to comply with promises to buy German technology, Spain
said on Monday (November 8) at a German-Spanish summit.
The deal illustrated how relations between Madrid and
Berlin have improved since Socialist Prime Minister Jose
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero unseated the former conservative
ruling party in March elections, a Spanish government
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder clashed with former
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar over the European
constitution and the Iraq war, in which Aznar firmly
supported U.S. President George W. Bush.
The military pact -- to be formalised in a joint
declaration later on Monday -- reactivates a 1995 deal in
which Germany lent Spain 108 Leopard combat vehicles at
nominal prices in exchange for Spain buying military
technology from Germany. Spain was to be allowed to keep
the Leopards at the end of the deal.
But Spain failed to uphold its end of the deal in 2001
for unknown reasons, a Spanish government source said.
Spain will now assume ownership of the Leopards in
exchange for building missiles for the 2000 Eurofighter
jet, torpedoes for submarines, and missiles for Tiger
helicopters, according to the joint declaration text.
Financial terms were not provided.
Spanish defence firms Indra IDR.MC>, Santa Barbara and
Izar would be involved in the manufacturing, the source
said without providing details.
The new agreements involve German technology that will
be put to use manufacturing arms in Spain, generating jobs
in the eurozone country with the highest unemployment rate.
The Spanish source said the deal would be extended to
include a newer generation of the Leopard vehicles, of
which Spain would build 235.
Spain agreed in 2000 to sell part of its state owned
arms manufacturer Santa Barbara to the U.S. firm General
Dynamics GD.N>. But the deal was delayed in part by German
objections, which said it undermined a unified European
Spain is attempting to partially privatise Izar, but
the German deal was not related to that, the source said.
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