Iraq war 'opened a Pandora's box', says Chirac

14th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, Sept 13 (AFP) - The US-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein opened a Pandora's box and the situation in Iraq is not getting any better, French President Jacques Chirac said here Monday.

MADRID, Sept 13 (AFP) - The US-led war that ousted Saddam Hussein opened a Pandora's box and the situation in Iraq is not getting any better, French President Jacques Chirac said here Monday.  

"I think that one way or another we have opened a Pandora's box in Iraq that are unable to close," he said after a Madrid summit with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.  

"The situation (in Iraq) is very serious and is not getting better," he said at a press conference, flanked by his fellow leaders.  

"None of us intend to change position," said Chirac, who along with Schroeder was a staunch opponent of the war.  

Zapatero's rightwing predecessor Jose Maria Aznar threw in his lot firmly with Washington by backing the US-led intervention in Iraq.      

But Zapatero withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq within weeks of his March election victory, fulfilling a key campaign pledge.

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