Halabja gas attack not genocide
Dutch foreign Minister says 1988 gas attack targeting Iraqi Kurds that killed 5,000 is not genocide and refuses to call for international investigation.25 April 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - In a written response to questions from the Dutch Socialist Party (SP) and the conservative VVD, Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said that the cabinet does not consider a 1988 poison gas attack targeting Iraqi Kurds as genocide.
The attack, which was carried out by Saddam Hussein's regime, killed an estimated 5,000 people in the town of Halabja.
Verhagen said it was one of the worst atrocities committed by Saddam's regime but that it was not genocide.
The SP and the VVD want the foreign minister to call for an international investigation into the medical and social repercussions of the gas attack but Verhagen has refused as he believes that the Iraqi government should investigate the atrocity.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]