Monday, August 25, 2003

U.S. wants more Australian troops in Iraq: Report: "Australia is resisting U.S. requests for a fresh contribution of troops to Iraq, as the security situation deteriorates, a newspaper reported today. The Australian reported unnamed Australian sources said U.S. officials were raising the issue of a peacekeeping contribution through informal channels but no formal appeal had been made."

There must be a public declaration from the Prime Minister and Government of Australia that there will be no commitment of Australian forces to an occupation of Iraq, at least without a UN authorisation of the reconstruction of the country.

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