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Germany accused of 'hiding' in its response to Libyan crisis

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The leader of the Greens/EFA group in parliament has launched a withering attack on Germany's contribution to the coalition effort in Libya.

Speaking on Tuesday, Daniel Cohn-Bendit accused Germany of "hiding" while other nations had responded to the unfolding crisis in Libya. With France and Britain leading the military campaign, Cohn-Bendit is not alone in criticising Germany's role in the international response to events in Libya. Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer led the way on Tuesday when he said that Germany had thrown away any chance of a permanent United Nations security council seat by abstaining in last week's vote on military intervention in Libya. "German politics has forfeited its credibility in the UN and in the Middle East," Fischer said, calling Germany's abstention a "scandalous mistake". Germany, which occupies a two-year rotational seat on the security council, has long campaigned for permanent representation on the body. Fischer, of the Green Party, said he couldn't understand the security council decision by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.



By Martin Banks



5th April 2011

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