Polish defense chief rules out imminent Iraq withdrawal
www.chinaview.cn 2007-08-01 23:13:06   Print

Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

    WARSAW, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Poland's Defence Minister Aleksander Szczyglo, in a television interview on Wednesday, ruled out the possibility of any imminent withdrawal of the Polish contingent from Iraq.

    An immediate withdrawal from Iraq could cause the region to become a hotbed of chaos and terrorism, Szczyglo explained.

    When asked whether he is in favor of extending the Polish military mission in Iraq, Szczyglo replied that he is in favor of "solving matters to the end."

    "We must suppress terrorists where they have the biggest force so they do not come to Poland or Europe," Szszyglo was quoted by Polish PAP news agency.

    Last Sunday, Polish President Lech Kaczynski told reporters no final decision had been made on the future of Polish troops in Iraq.

    "This depends on a number of circumstances, above all on the development of the situation (in Iraq) and on how our cooperation with the United States will develop," he said.

    Currently, there are some 900 Polish soldiers in Iraq. At the end of last year, Polish President Lech Kaczynski approved to extend the mission in Iraq until the end of 2007.

Editor: Yan Liang
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