If a planned force contains around 3,000 men, then our contribution would be two or three companies.

We must not allow the slightest breath of suspicion to arise that we want to quit NATO, ... the business of NATO alone.

There is no military planning for Iraq, even if this country presents a real problem for international security, ... We have no room for a new engagement.

It should be the damned duty of a friendly nation to inform their partner.