"Count your blessings": CU leader to opposition
Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Christian Union Party André Rouvoet says he is bewildered by opposition parties' reaction to the on-going debate on Dutch support for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003.
THE HAGUE—On Monday, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende—bowing to increased political pressure—announced that an independent commission investigating the events leading up to the Dutch decision to support the US action in Iraq would be set up. The commission is to be led by former president of the Supreme Court, Willibrord Davids.
While the three coalition partners of the Christian Democrats, the Labour Party and the Christian Union reacted favourably to the Prime Minister's announcement, opposition Socialists, Green Left, Democratic Party D66 and conservative VVD are calling for a full parliamentary enquiry with witnesses heard under oath.
While on an official visit to the Netherlands Antilles, Deputy Prime Minister Rouvoet said he couldn't understand the stance taken by the opposition, which should "count their blessings" that an investigation is taking place at all. It is likely that question will be debated further in parliament today.