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".