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Defence minister open for debate on troops in Iraq

DEFENCE Minister Juraj Liška said he was open for a debate about the presence of Slovak troops in Iraq "on the basis of rational arguments within an international context", the news wire SITA wrote.

Liška was reacting to the remark made by Slovak Interior Minister Vladimír Palko on the TA3 news channel on May 2 that sending Slovak soldiers to Iraq was a mistake, as was the whole war in Iraq.

Palko announced that his party, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), would propose that parliament demand that the cabinet submit a report on the operation of Slovak soldiers in Iraq.

The KDH wants to know whether the Slovak mission has fulfilled its goals and what its next tasks will be.

Approximately 100 Slovak military engineers are currently deployed in Iraq at the military camp at Al Hillah. Their major role is to clear minefields.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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