09-25-2004, 05:12 PM
Iraqi President Shaykh Ghazi al-Yawar was interviewed by Al-Sharqiyah Iraqi TV upon his return to Baghdad today after his European tour. In response to the question "Is it true that Germany backed down on its position to cancel Iraq's debts?", Al-Yawar replied: "No, Germany did not back down on its position. Germany promised a substantial reduction in debts. We can say that this reduction will range between 70-80% of the debts."