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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kohl Commits Troops

BONN -- Chancellor Helmut Kohl promised Sunday to remove legal barriers this year to enable Germany to take part in armed United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Kohl said pressure from abroad for Bonn not just to help finance U. N. missions but also to commit troops to them had grown immensely since Germany unified two years ago.

"Assuming the rights of the United Nations also means assuming the duties", the chancellor told a Berlin radio station.

He said he hoped constitutional constraints barring the use of German forces outside the NATO area would be removed this year, allowing Germany to join future actions initiated by the U. N.