By Ray Furlong
BBC News, Berlin
German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has indicated he will play no role in the new coalition government.
Mr Schroeder's future is as yet unclear
Mr Schroeder's remarks were his first public reaction to the news on Monday
that Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel will lead the new government.
Several members of Mr Schroeder's Social Democratic Party had called on him to serve in the new cabinet.
Mr Schroeder has however confirmed that he will help in the negotiations on forming the new governing coalition.
There has been lively speculation about Mr Schroeder's future. Many Social Democrats wanted him to serve as foreign minister and vice-chancellor, but he now appears to have ruled that out.
It remains unclear what Mr Schroeder will do.
Russian media have reported he may work as an adviser for Gazprom, the state-owned energy giant.
Social Democrat officials have, however, dismissed the idea.