Westerwelle denies Germany isolated over Libya

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, February 21, 2011.

From Reuters:  German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle dismissed allegations on Sunday that Berlin was internationally isolated after refusing to join its NATO allies in staging military strikes on Libya. … 

"The impression that Germany is isolated in Europe or the international community is completely wrong. Many other countries in the European Union not only understand our position, not only respect it, but also share it," he told a news conference.
Asked which EU countries shared Berlin’s policy, Westerwelle named Poland. …
Berlin has also suggested taking on AWACS aerial reconnaissance duties in Afghanistan, freeing up U.S. forces to do the same job over Libya. NATO’s AWACS fleet is based in Germany and much of it is staffed by Germans.
However, Westerwelle said a final decision had yet to be made on any AWACS deployment in Afghanistan, which requires parliamentary approval. …
"To be fair to the German chancellor … she has been consistently skeptical about this issue," said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"I don’t believe that Germany in any way will be obstructive within NATO because they recognise that the U.N. has voted for this motion," he told parliament on Friday. (photo: Reuters)

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