Dutch citizens want transparency about Iraq war

A Dutch citizens' movement on Tuesday presented a petition demanding transparency from the government of the Netherlands on the decision-making process that led to the country's support of the US war in Iraq in 2003.

Dutch citizens want transparency about Iraq war
A Dutch citizens' movement on Tuesday presented a petition demanding transparency from the government of the Netherlands on the decision-making process that led to the country's support of the US war in Iraq in 2003.

Martijn de Rooi of the movement Iraq War Transparency, presented the petition signed by 137,000 citizens to Fred de Graaf, a member of the rightist Liberal party (VVD) and president of the foreign committee in the Dutch parliament.

According to de Rooi, many questions about the Iraq war remain unanswered, saying that former British prime minister Tony Blair acknowledged irregularities that occurred in the decision-making process in 2003, while the Dutch government never admitted to any mistakes or irregularities.

"On top of that," de Rooi added, "the failed Iraq war has changed Iraq into a politically and humanitarian haunted house."

The Dutch did not send troops to the war but did provide political support for the US-initiated military operation.

Earlier proposals for a parliamentary inquiry failed to get a parliamentary majority due to an agreement by the Labour party (PvdA) - upon joining the government earlier this year - that no further inquiry would be necessary.

Labour had previously been the most ardent supporter of an inquiry into Dutch political support for the Iraq war.

Next week, Harry van Bommel of the leftist Socialist Party SP and Femke Halsema of the Greens party, will raise the issue of an independent inquiry with the senate. They are hoping the Labour faction in the senate will not consider itself bound by the coalition agreement.
Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2007, 00:26
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