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Costa Rica Wants to Be Off Coalition List

Costa Rica’s highest court ruled that the United States cannot name this pacifist Central American country as one of its coalition partners in Iraq, and the government was preparing a letter Thursday asking Washington to remove it from the list. A White House Web site still had the country listed on Thursday. Tom Casey, a U.S. State Department spokesman, said Costa Rica’s membership in the coalition was an expression of the country’s opposition to terrorism, but agreed that Costa Rica provided neither troops nor economic assistance for Iraq’s reconstruction. Full Story

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