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Government Sources Pledge German Presence on the Golan

January 23, 1996
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Government sources here reportedly have said Germany would be willing to send troops to serve in an international peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights.

But the Bonn sources also said that in order for German troops to be sent, both Israel and Syria would have to request the troops and the move would have to be approved by the United States and the allied European nations.

German Defense Minister Volker Ruhe has been studying the possibility of a German peacekeeping mission in the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres reportedly will ask German Chancellor Helmut Kohl that, if needed, Germany be part of the Golan Heights peacekeeping force.

The two leaders will meet Thursday in Munich.

Peres visited Germany last year in his capacity as foreign minister, and publicly said he would welcome German participation in international forces in the area.

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