German Chancellor rules out Bundeswehr's participation in US presumable war against Iraq

The German Bundeswehr's participation in the US presumable war against Iraq is ruled out, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said in his address on the German TV.

According to Schroeder, too many German servicemen have already been involved in various international peace-making operations in other countries.

Meanwhile Colonel Bernhard Gertz, the Chairman of the German Union of the Bundeswehr Serviceman, told the Bild newspaper that he doesn't rule out the participation of German soldiers in a "limited operation" against Iraq, for instance, to liquidate laboratories producing weapons of mass destruction.