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Re: [Eurasia] G3 - GERMANY - Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing

Released on 2012-08-08 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 1700600
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
yeah but US allowed its criticism to go public

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eugene Chausovsky"
To: "EurAsia AOR"
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 8:05:32 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: [Eurasia] G3 - GERMANY - Berlin asks NATO partners to keep
quiet on deadly bombing

Ooh Merkel is pissed....but I don't think this is all directed at the US.
Kouchner was pretty vocal in denouncing the airstrike as well, its just
that Merkel is super sensitive right now as she tries to figure out her
coalition situation ahead of the election.

Antonia Colibasanu wrote:

Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing

Published: 11 Sep 09 09:00 CET

The German government has issued a round of formal diplomatic protests
to fellow NATO countries, asking them to refrain from criticising a
controversial air strike called by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan last

The Foreign Ministry told daily Financial Times Deutschland on Friday
that German ambassadors had issued the demarches in NATO allied
countries. The formal protests asked that officials wait until the NATO
probe of the incident had concluded before commenting on the deadly

In Paris the protest was not well-received, the paper said.

a**What should a minister say if such an attack kills 80 and there are
civilians among them? Nothing?a** an unnamed diplomat told the paper.

On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected a**prejudgementa**
of the air strike in a speech to parliament.

Merkel assured the bombing of two fuel trucks in the northern part of
the country last Friday would be thoroughly investigated amid concerns
it caused scores of civilian casualties.

She lashed out at widespread criticism by many of Germanya**s closes
allies before NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
completed its investigation of the incident.

a**I wona**t tolerate that either here at home or abroad,a** she said.

The German government and military have faced immense pressure in recent
days after Col. Georg Klein called in NATO air support to destroy two
fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban near the Afghan city of Kunduz.
Berlin at first contended that only Islamist insurgents had been killed
in the air strike, but ISAF announced shortly after Merkel's speech that
there had been an unspecified number of civilian victims.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has described the strike as a
"big mistake" while Afghan President Hamid Karzai blasted the German
commander's call in an interview with French daily Le Figaro: "What an
error of judgement!"