* Berlin sees IMF capable of resolving leadership questions
* Question of Strauss-Kahn successor not raised for now
* Says must await results of legal proceedings in New York
BERLIN, May 18 The International Monetary Fund
should be left to deal with its immediate leadership issues
internally and it is too early to discuss replacing Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, Germany said on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Christoph Steegmans was responding to a
proposal by U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday
that the IMF should seek an interim head after Strauss-Kahn was
arrested on charges of sexual assault in New York.
"We believe the IMF will find a way to assure its
capabilities and we also believe that it is good the IMF
conducts this debate internally first," Steegmans said at a
regular news conference.
With Strauss-Kahn facing growing pressure to quit as head of
the IMF after his arrest on attempted rape charges, Europe has
sought to fend off a challenge from developing countries to fill
a post it has traditionally held.
Steegmans repeated Chancellor Angela Merkel's position that
a European would be better positioned to handle the debt crisis
on the region's periphery, should Strauss-Kahn be replaced, but
stressed that it is too early to open such a discussion.
"To be very honest, the question of a successor at the IMF
is not yet being raised today. We must therefore await
developments and the investigation in New York," he said.
(Reporting by Brian Rohan; editing by Patrick Graham)