Thursday, May 18, 2006

Prodi: Iraq war was grave mistake

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi called the Iraq war a grave mistake Thursday in his first address to the Senate.

Prime Minister Romano Prodi after consultations with Italian Senate.
Prime Minister Romano Prodi after consultations with Italian Senate. AP photo from Yahoo News.

While reiterating his country's stand against terrorism, Prodi called the "war and occupation in Iraq a grave error that hasn't solved — but has complicated — the problem of security."

Prodi opposed the war as opposition leader and made a pullout part of his campaign platform. Italy is currently withdrawing its troops from Iraq in stages that should be complete by the end of the year.

He said Italy would help with anti-terror operations, but only if they were sanctioned by international organizations.




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