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Germany: DefMin von der Leyen pledges more soldiers to help with refugee crisis01:17

Germany: DefMin von der Leyen pledges more soldiers to help with refugee crisis

Germany, Berlin
September 14, 2015 at 18:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen sent a message to the federal states from Berlin Monday, telling them that the armed forces are there to help them with regard to the ongoing refugee crisis whenever helping hands or personnel are needed. "We also want to contribute our share in these times," she noted.

Von der Leyen added that since the refugee influx increased drastically, up to 20,000 accommodation facilities for the refugees at 46 different locations have been built in recent times.

Von der Leyen finished her statement by saying that there is a very clear and fundamental separation in dividing duties between armed forces and police and government officials. "The Federal Armed Forces soldiers and also the civilian personnel can give administrative assistance anywhere except in police tasks or official duties. Apart from that, we can help as far as the imagination goes," she said.

Germany: DefMin von der Leyen pledges more soldiers to help with refugee crisis01:17
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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen sent a message to the federal states from Berlin Monday, telling them that the armed forces are there to help them with regard to the ongoing refugee crisis whenever helping hands or personnel are needed. "We also want to contribute our share in these times," she noted.

Von der Leyen added that since the refugee influx increased drastically, up to 20,000 accommodation facilities for the refugees at 46 different locations have been built in recent times.

Von der Leyen finished her statement by saying that there is a very clear and fundamental separation in dividing duties between armed forces and police and government officials. "The Federal Armed Forces soldiers and also the civilian personnel can give administrative assistance anywhere except in police tasks or official duties. Apart from that, we can help as far as the imagination goes," she said.