PM considered military support for Iraq war

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According to documents obtained by the commercial broadcaster RTL, the Dutch cabinet was considering taking part in the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

THE HAGUE—The documents reveal that Washington had informally requested military support and in March 2003, The Hague was planning to deploy a frigate as part of the invasion force. A letter requesting permission from the lower house of parliament had already been prepared.

However, the plan to lend military support to the invasion was scrapped after the Labour Party voiced its vehement opposition to the proposal. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was in the process of negotiating a coalition agreement with the Labour Party at the time; coalition talks would have fallen through if Mr Balkenende had sent troops and agreed to take part in the invasion

RTL obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information act. The news has led to further support in the lower house for a thorough investigation into the government's decisions in regard to the Iraq invasion.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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