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For Immediate Release
December 2, 2003
COMPLETING THE TASK IN IRAQ
Coalition members are resolved to complete the mission in Iraq, despite the recent deadly attacks that left seven Spaniards, two South Koreans, two Japanese and a Columbian dead.
"The coalition -- be it UK, US, Spain or Japan -- is not going to
be bombed or intimidated out of Iraq, and it is going to keep its eye
very, very firmly on the prize of a democratic and prosperous country
run by the Iraqi people for the Iraqi people."
-- British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, 12/1/03
"This case will not affect the issue of sending troops to Iraq.
There has been no change in our policy on the troop dispatch."
-- South Korean Foreign Minister Yoon Young-Kwan, 11/30/03
"[Insurgents] don't want to allow Iraq to be rebuilt and want to
cause chaos. We cannot flinch, or the whole world will be affected."
-- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, 11/30/03
"Our freedom is threatened by all terrorists. We know that a
withdrawal would be the worst route we could take."
-- Spain's Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, 11/30/03
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