Chancellor Helmut Kohl urged federal lawmakers Wednesday to consider letting the German army take part in military actions with other countries.
Germany was criticized by some of the allies for not sending troops to fight alongside the U.S.-led coalition forces during the Persian Gulf War.The German constitution forbids sending German soldiers outside the NATO region.
Kohl, in a parliamentary debate, suggested a review of several options to expand the German army's role. He said increasing the role only to include participation in U.N. peacekeeping missions would not be enough.
The chancellor said Germans could also be allowed to participate in military actions within the framework of the U.N. charter or in conjunction with European allies.
"Our partners in the world rightly demand that united Germany make its contribution in the future toward security and stability not just in Europe but outside of Europe as well," Kohl said.