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Hungarian Troops to Leave Iraq

The Hungarian Parliament on Monday voted down a government proposal to extend the mission of its 300-member military contingent in Iraq, obliging the government to withdraw its forces by the end of 2004. Parliament voted 191 to 159 to support an extension to the end of March, but the motion required a two-thirds majority to pass. The opposition center-right parties voted against the proposal. Before the vote, Defense Minister Ferenc Juhasz said failure of the motion would damage Hungary’s relations with countries that had sent forces to Iraq.” If we don’t vote for this,” he told Parliament, “it will have foreign policy consequences for several years to come.” The opposition contended, though, that the troops would not be able to fulfill their mission. Full Story

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