FM: More troops won't help stabilise Iraq

11th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 11, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Thursday that only a "political strategy" could help restore stability to Iraq, after the announcement of US plans to send in some 20,000 extra troops.

PARIS, Jan 11, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Thursday that only a "political strategy" could help restore stability to Iraq, after the announcement of US plans to send in some 20,000 extra troops.

"The situation in Iraq is getting heavily worse, day after day," Douste-Blazy, whose country was one of the bitterest opponents of the US-led invasion in 2003, told a press conference.

"It is through a global approach, a political strategy that it will be possible to restore stability to Iraq, and beyond Iraq to the wider region," he said.

"Beyond the proposals made by President (George W.) Bush, we believe the only way for Iraq to retrieve its stability, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity and its national unity is through the participation of all civilian, political and religious components of Iraqi society."

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