Germany's co-ruling Greens Party has voted to support the planned deployment of German troops in Afghanistan, thereby preserving the country's three year-old coalition.
A majority of delegates at the party's national convention in the city of Rostock backed Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's call for supporting the planned German military force.
The Greens, a traditionally pacifist party, are junior partners in a coalition led by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats.
Mr. Fischer, the foreign minister, had warned his fellow party members the three year-old coalition would collapse if the party convention failed to support the military deployment.
The Greens' convention is taking place little more than a week after the lower house of Parliament narrowly approved Mr. Schroeder's plans to mobilize the troops in support of the Afghan campaign. The chancellor says the troops are at the disposal of the coalition, but insists there are no immediate plans to send them to Afghanistan.