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RE: [casi] Why We Are Winning in Iraq .. again..

Dear List,

To the “seekers after the truth”: is there any limit
to how far they will go in thier lying??


Poland Apologizes for French Missiles Report

Sat October 4, 2003 05:13 PM ET
By Pawel Kozlowski and Marcin Grajewski

WARSAW/ROME (Reuters) - Poland apologized to France on
Saturday for saying its troops had found advanced
French-made missiles in Iraq that had been produced
this year.

The report sparked criticism from French President
Jacques Chirac, who called it wrong and drawn up
without proper checks.

But neither Polish nor French authorities denied that
the Roland-type anti-aircraft weapons were found near
the Iraqi town of Hilla in a zone controlled by the
Polish-led military force.

"I apologized to France for this information, which
had been issued without my authorization," said
Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski, adding that an
investigation had been ordered.

He said Polish troops were likely to have interpreted
the 2003 inscription on the missiles as the year of
their production. "And this could have been, for
example, the date up to which they are fit to be
used," he said.

The Defense Ministry said on Friday that Polish troops
in Iraq had discovered four French-made Roland
missiles, which are part of short-range air defense
systems in many countries including France and

Ministry spokesman Eugeniusz Mleczak told Reuters the
missiles were manufactured in 2003, but the French
Foreign Ministry promptly denied that, saying
production of the most modern Roland 3 rocket ended in

"There could not be any 2003 missiles because those
missiles have not been manufactured for 15 years,"
Chirac told a news conference at a European Union
summit in Rome.

"I believe the Polish soldiers have created confusion
that could have been avoided with thorough
verification," he said, adding that he had made the
point to Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller "in a
friendly but frank and firm way."


The spat briefly sent France's relations with Poland,
the biggest of 10 countries set to join the EU in
seven months, to fresh lows after Chirac criticized
Warsaw for supporting the U.S.-led war on Iraq, some
diplomats said.

But a senior French diplomatic source told reporters
that following the Polish apology "France was
satisfied and the issue was clarified."

"The issue had weighed to some extent on the summit.
But after our clarifications it has been put behind
us," said Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz

Many Polish politicians cannot forgive Chirac, an
outspoken opponent of the war, for his remark this
year that Poland and other EU newcomers "missed a good
opportunity to keep quiet" when they signed a joint
open letter in support of Washington.

France has been irritated by Poland's refusal to
accept a new EU voting system embedded in a draft
constitution which EU members and newcomers debated in

The United States gave a Polish-led force control over
a zone in south-central Iraq after Poland emerged as
one of its strongest allies in the war against Iraq.

A French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told Reuters on
Friday that Roland 1 missile systems were sent to Iraq
from 1980 to 1981 and Roland 2 systems from 1983 to
1986. The Roland 3 was never exported to Iraq, she

Under a strict trade embargo imposed by the United
Nations, Iraq was barred from buying arms after its
invasion of Kuwait in 1990. But Baghdad managed to
circumvent the ban in the 1990s through shadowy deals
with various arms traders.

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