In the second of a series of excerpts from his exclusive interview with the Atlantic Initiative, Karsten Voigt says that the German troops in Afghanistan must not be used as substitutes on tasks which are the responsibility of others. Germany has already exceeded its original mandate by deploying additional special forces to other parts of the country or providing Tornado reconnaissance aircraft.
Karsten Voigt has been Coordinator for German-American Cooperation in the German Foreign Office since 1999. He has worked in the German Parliament since 1976, most notably as foreign affairs spokesman for the governing SPD party. Mr. Voigt is a member of the Atlantic Initiative Advisory Board.
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