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ARAB-US RELATIONS - May 5 - Bush Vows Justice.

In a major unprecedented display of contrition, Bush and his military commanders humble themselves before the Arab world, addressing what the US president called the "abhorrent" treatment of some Iraqi prisoners. In a couple of interviews with Arabian channels, Bush stopped short of apologising but promised that those responsible for humiliating and torturing prisoners would be "brought to justice". In Baghdad, Brigadier Gen Mark Kimmitt says: "My army's been shamed by this. And on behalf of my army, I apologise for what those soldiers did to your citizens". The President's National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, says: "We are deeply sorry for what has happened". (Pictures of US soldiers grinning and posing for the camera as naked, hooded prisoners were piled into a human pyramid, sexually humiliated and wired up for an apparent electrocution were first aired by 60 Minutes on CBS. The network delayed the screening under pressure from the Pentagon, which argued that US forces were facing a particularly testing period in Iraq. The delay coincided with the Supreme Court's hearing on the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Despite the delay, White House officials said they had not been forewarned by the Pentagon).
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 8, 2004
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