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Phone Tap Row: Merkel To Send Spy Chiefs To US
German spy chiefs will fly to the United States next week following claims that US intelligence has been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
Ms Merkel is one of 35 world leaders who have been monitored by the US, according to a National Security Agency (NSA) document leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
"High-ranking government representatives will go rapidly to the US in order to push forward discussions with the White House and the NSA on the allegations raised recently," a spokesman for Ms Merkel said.
German media have reported the delegation will include top officials from the country's secret service.
In a telephone call to Barack Obama on Wednesday, Ms Merkel said snooping on her would be a "breach of trust" between international partners.
The spying row has prompted European leaders to demand a new deal with Washington on intelligence gathering.
The 28 EU leaders warned that while the bloc and the US share a "close relationship", it must "be based on respect and trust".
A lack of trust "could prejudice the necessary cooperation in the field of intelligence gathering," they said in a statement at the close of a summit in Brussels.
Germany and Brazil are also working on a UN General Assembly resolution to highlight international anger at US data snooping in other countries, diplomats have said.
The resolution would not mention the US but would call for extending the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to Internet activities.
"The aim is to send a message to those who abuse the system," said a UN diplomat involved in the talks.
However, some have warned that Mr Snowden's leaks could hinder the fight against terrorism.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the publication of the Snowden files "is frankly signalling to people who mean to do us harm how to evade and avoid" detection.
A recent example, he said, was the Kenyan mall siege in which at least 67 people were killed.
"It is going to make our world more dangerous," Mr Cameron added.