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German minister cautions against terror-refugee link
by Staff Writers
Berlin (AFP) Nov 15, 2015


World confronted by 'new type of war': German president
Berlin (AFP) Nov 15, 2015 - German President Joachim Gauck said Sunday the world is confronted with a "new type of war" perpetrated by terrorists bent on killing those who refuse to follow their "barbaric ideology".

"We live in times when we are mourning victims of a new type of war. These are victims of malicious murderous gangs," said Gauck, after Friday's attacks in Paris which claimed 129 lives.

"They are terrorists, who in the name of Islamist fundamentalism are fighting against democracy, against universal values and also against Muslims who refuse to follow their barbaric ideology," said the president at Germany's Memorial Day commemorating the victims of World War I and II.

Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor, said however that "those who perpetrate or condone these acts must know that the community of democracy is stronger than international hatred.

"We bow our heads before the dead, but never will we bow down before terror," he said.

Germany's defence minister Sunday sought to quash speculation in the wake of the Paris attacks that radicals bent on violence could slip into Europe among a flood of asylum seekers arriving on the continent.

"Terrorism is so well organised that it does not need to take the difficult route taken by the refugees, who risk their lives by crossing the high seas," Ursula von der Leyen told reporters.

"So I would advise that we be cautious about mixing the idea of terror with refugees," she said.

"These refugees have fled from precisely this type of barbaric terror, and they have fled to our region because they have been persecuted by the so-called Islamic State or by (Syrian President Bashar) al-Assad in a unbelievable way," she said.

Von der Leyen's remarks came after Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere made a plea not to link refugees to the terror attacks that claimed 129 lives in Paris late Friday.

"I would like to make this urgent plea to avoid drawing such swift links to the situation surrounding refugees," de Maiziere said on Saturday, noting that there have already been "appalling scales of attacks against asylum seekers and asylum seeker shelters".

Besides beefing up police presence and border controls, the interior minister said after a crisis cabinet meeting that security forces will also keep a close watch on far-right extremists.

Germany is expecting up to one million asylum seekers this year, but the influx has also exposed fault lines in the country, with a spate of arson attacks on refugee shelters.

Critics of the open-door policy for those fleeing war also stepped up their calls to halt immigration, following the Paris attacks.

Bavaria's premier Horst Seehofer, who has been among the fiercest critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees, on Saturday reiterated a call for reinforced checks at Europe's external borders as well as at each European country's national border.

The southern region's finance minister Markus Soeder meanwhile told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that many asylum seekers have entered Germany through what are known as green borders -- woods, and are therefore not registered by border forces.

"We can't not know who is coming to Germany and what these people are doing here. We must stop this situation with all our means," he said.

"Not every refugee is an IS terrorist. But to believe that there is not a single fighter who count among the refugees is naive," he said referring to the Islamic State group.

"France shows that in the question of security, we must make no compromise," added Soeder.


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