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Finnish president wants to see an end to "Iraqgate".

NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-13 June 2003-Finnish president wants to see an end to "Iraqgate"(C)1994-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com

The Finnish president Tarja Halonen has said that she would like to see an end to the issue that has been nicknamed "Iraqgate".

The issue arose over a leak at the foreign ministry and the claims of the prime minister Anneli Jaatteenmaki that she did not know the identity of the leak despite a meeting protocol with her signature stating that she does.

According to the Finnish newspaper Uutispaiva Demari, Halonen has said that the confidence between Finnish politicians should be restored as soon as possible. Halonen has also pointed out that the issue has two parts: the investigation of the legality and the foreign policy issues.

The legal side is serious and needs to be investigated by the police as soon as possible, the president has emphasised.

Bjarne Kallis, the chairman of the Christian democrats, has said that he thinks the decision to make the investigation classified is for the protection of the prime minister, although he does not believe that she has lied. Kallis doubts that there is anything in the statement from Jaatteenmaki that is likely to damage Finnish foreign relations.

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