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ARAB-EUROPEAN - May 6 - Troops Won't Return.

Speaking in his first interview with a foreign journalist, Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says he will never send Spanish troops back to Iraq, even if foreign troops there were put under the authority of the UN or NATO. He says: "Spanish troops have spent time there and have completed their mission in Iraq. There's no point in them going back". The 43-year-old Socialist leader dismisses the creation of an eventual peacekeeping force under the authority of the UN as "rather improbable or utopian" because of the unstable security situation. He says the idea of a NATO-led force similar to the one that exists in Afghanistan "would not be a feasible alternative", saying it is more likely that a force of Arab troops "could give the Iraqis peace of mind".
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUSP
Date:May 8, 2004
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