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Debate about Iraq continues

Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde told the parliament yesterday that the government should have cooperated with the Committee on Foreign Affairs when deciding whether Iceland would support the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In 2003 former Prime Minister Davíd Oddsson and former Foreign Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson decided to support the war in Iraq without a formal discussion in parliament.

Yesterday leaders of the Social Democrat and Left Green parties asked the prime minister about his position on the Iraq case after the leader of the Progressive Party declared last week that Iceland’s support of the war had been a mistake. Fréttabladid reports.

Haarde said the decision of supporting the invasion of Iraq in 2003 had been right at the time, but it would have been better had it been made in cooperation with the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

To read more about the Iraq debate, click here.

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