After Genscher was appointed Foreign Minister in 1974 Kinkel had senior positions in the Foreign Ministry as head of the Leitungsstab and the Planungsstab. He was also chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party from 1993 to 1995. From 21 January 1993 he was also Vice Chancellor of Germany.
He served as Federal Minister of Justice (1991–1992) Foreign Minister (1992–1998) and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1993–1998) in the government of Helmut Kohl. Klaus Kinkel (born 17 December 1936) is a German civil servant lawyer and politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). As Foreign Minister Kinkel took a clear stance to end the atrocities committed during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and proposed the creation of the ICTY.