28 July 1999 Wednesday 

Fischer's shun on Leopard tanks

       It was reported yesterday that German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer opposed the possible delivery of 1000 Leopard tanks to Turkey. In yesterday's edition of the newspaper Muenchner Merkur a ministry source was quoted as being "categorically" against the delivery of Leopard 2-A5 tanks manufactured by Krauss-Maffei, however the reason for the opposition was not stated. The German Foreign Ministry verified the information , stating that Fischer was indeed against the sale to Turkey of arms and tanks. The Ministry official, answering a question related to the reason of such an attitude, said it was "up to the Federal security Council to explain." The Turkish Ministry of National Security, on the other hand, denied having sought to purchase tanks from Germany.

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