Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Dutch to investigate support for iraq invasion.


Photo from: www.ccmep.org/usbombingwatch/2003.htm

On 2 February 2009, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced that a committee will be set up to investigate the decision making process which led to the Dutch government's support for the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain in 2003.

(Dutch to investigate own support for Iraq invasion)

The leader of the Center-left D66 party, Alexander Pechtold, said the committee inquiry would not be independent because the lower house of parliament cannot check the documents the committee gets to see. The D66 and the Green Left Party will continue to call for a parliamentary inquiry.

The prime minister's announcement followed a string of revelations in January 2009 by the Dutch media, which embarrassed the government.

1. According to documents obtained by Dutch media, in 2003 the Dutch government, under Balkenende, had planned to give military support to the invasion of Iraq.

The Dutch government had previously insisted that it had never planned to give military support.

The Dutch government did not send troops but gave political support to the Iraq invasion, which was not authorized by the United Nations.

2. It was also revealed that the lawyers of the Dutch Foreign Ministry had warned in 2003 that there was no proper legal basis for the Dutch government's political support for the invasion of Iraq.



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