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Interesting...

The pragmatist in me suspects there must be some quid pro quo...

BERLIN (AP) - U.S. special envoy James A. Baker III won German and French agreement Tuesday to work for Iraqi debt relief, overcoming serious misgivings in Berlin about the U.S. exclusion of German firms from Iraqi reconstruction.

"Germany and the United States, like France, are ready not only for debt restructuring but also for substantial debt forgiveness toward Iraq," German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's spokesman Bela Anda said in a statement.

Perhaps the reconstruction announcements were the carrot and this the stick?


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