Bono attacks decision to send troops to Iraq
16 November 2004, MOSCOW - Spanish Defence Minister Jose Bono said that Spain should not have sent troops to Iraq without a UN mandate.
16 November 2004
MOSCOW - Spanish Defence Minister Jose Bono said that Spain should not have sent troops to Iraq without a UN mandate.
Bono told reporters in Moscow, where he is on an official visit, that one of the first moves by the Socialist government that took office in April was to pull the troops out of Iraq.
"Not only are we convinced that we were right, but we believe that Spanish troops should never have been sent to Iraq without a corresponding mandate from the UN," Bono said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Ivanov.
The government of former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, a close ally of President George W Bush, made the decision to contribute troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Aznar's conservative Popular Party was defeated in elections 14 March amid widespread belief Spain's involvement in Iraq made it a target for Islamic terrorists, who killed 191 people in Madrid in the country's worst terrorist attack.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news