"Parliament informed adequately on Iraq"
26 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The ministry of foreign affairs thinks that Parliament was adequately informed about the decision to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
26 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The ministry of foreign affairs thinks that Parliament was adequately informed about the decision to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The ministry dismisses accusations raised in the KRO television programme Reporter, which claims on the basis of certain documents that Parliament was not fully informed about the situation in 2002.
The documentary claims that the government failed to report that there was an extensive request from the US for Dutch military participation in Iraq. Reporter says there were also doubts early on about whether the military action against Iraq was justified. The doubts mainly concerned the American claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
"Parliament was told everything that it had to know," said a spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs.
The ministry says there was no reason for the cabinet to send letters to Parliament detailing the American request for military support.
Reporter has documents which show that the US asked the Netherlands for military resources including frigates, mine sweepers, Apache helicopters and precision weapons in November 2002.
Foreign Minister at the time Jaap de Hoop Scheffer only told Parliament that the US had asked for "permission to fly over its territory" and "the facilitation of through-transport."
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