MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
December 17, 2020
Bundestag debate on the procurement of armed drones – equipping soldiers as best as possible for their protection
To protect German soldiers on missions abroad, the Union parliamentary group insists on the procurement of armed drones for the Bundeswehr. In a Bundestag debate, members of the CDU and CSU accused the SPD parliamentary group, which refused to approve the procurement, of breaking its word. “The SPD lets the Bundeswehr down,” said the defense policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Henning Otte.
The CDU, CSU and SPD had agreed in the coalition agreement to decide on the arming of drones for the German Armed Forces after detailed, international, constitutional and ethical assessment. The decision on the procurement project was due in December. The SPD parliamentary group had actually signaled its approval, but revised its opinion in the last few meters. The defense policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Fritz Felgentreu, resigned from his office in protest. Otte thanked him for his commitment.
“Security policy declaration of bankruptcy”
Otte said: “I think the behavior of the SPD leadership is shabby.” He accused her of endangering the life and limb of the soldiers. It is not acceptable for the Bundestag to send the soldiers on dangerous missions and deny them the technical possibilities to defend themselves against attacks. The CSU defense politician Florian Hahn appealed to the SPD parliamentary group: “Don’t let your soldiers down!” Union parliamentary group vice Johann David Wadephul had previously spoken to the media about the SPD’s security policy declaration of bankruptcy.
Discussed pros and cons for almost ten years
In the Bundestag, Otte and Hahn criticized the SPD parliamentary group’s demand for more time to discuss the pros and cons of armed drones as absurd. They have been discussing for almost ten years and all arguments have been exchanged. “This maneuver is obvious. The SPD is looking for its option in the red-green, left-wing luck, ”said Otte.
Hahn appealed to the SPD to listen to its specialist politicians. In addition to Felgentreu, these are the current military commissioner Eva Högl and the former military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels. Hahn asked Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to release the money for the procurement.
International law experts have no concerns
Hahn pointed out that international law experts had clearly stated in the hearing of the Bundestag that drones can be used in accordance with international humanitarian law. There is no qualitative difference to combat aircraft. Otte also emphasized: “Drones are nothing more than remote-controlled aircraft.” By refusing to consent to the procurement, the SPD parliamentary group is withdrawing their trust in the soldiers.
Support partner states in operations
The CDU / CSU parliamentary group, however, “remains committed to our troops, to our NATO commitment,” said the defense policy spokesman. You will continue to invest in their commitment. The foreign policy spokesman for the CSU / CSU parliamentary group, Jürgen Hardt, had previously called the SPD parliamentary group’s decision against arming drones “completely incomprehensible”. “A decision like this robs us of our ability to better protect important partners in UN operations such as in the Sahel. Many partner states in Germany expect this protection and these capabilities. We can’t let them down, ”he said.
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