Inquiry call into Dutch suppport for Iraq war

The Socialist Party wants a parliamentary inquiry into the political support given by the Dutch government to the war against Iraq in 2003, reports ANP. Jan Marijnissen, leader of the SP, is to submit a motion calling for an investigation on Thursday. The SP is the biggest opposition party in the new parliament.

According to Marijinissen, the Netherlands has the right to know how the decision to support the war was made. ‘This is a moral question. It’s to do with uncovering the truth and searching for the truth is something parliament must do,’ he told ANP.
The call for the inquiry is supported by the small left-wing D66 party. In today’s Volkskrant, D66 leader Alexander Pechtold accuses Labour’s deputy prime minister Wouter Bos of ‘a 180 degree turn-around’ on the issue now that his party has become part of the new government.
The cabinet’s coalition agreement ruled out a parliamentary inquiry into Dutch support for the Iraqi war.
Pechtold tells the paper that the Netherlands is the only country that was involved in the Iraqi war that has not conducted an investigation into its actions.

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