Van Agt attacks silence on Iraq

The new cabinet is ‘muzzling’ parliament with its decision to block an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dutch involvement in the Iraq war, former prime minister Dries van Agt told a radio show on Friday.

Van Agt, a Christian Democrat, urged fellow party member and prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende not to stand in the way of debate. Socialist MPs argue that parliament was misled when it approved Dutch support for the US-led mission.

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