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Below is the text of Sir John Major’s statement on the Inquiry into the Iraq War, issued on Thursday 18th June 2009.
SIR JOHN MAJOR:
INQUIRY INTO THE IRAQ WAR
The Government's decision to hold the Inquiry into the Iraq War in private is inexplicable -
The arrangements currently proposed run the risk of being viewed sceptically by some, and denounced as a whitewash by others. I am astonished the Government cannot understand this.
There are other, wider reasons for a Public Inquiry:
If the Government is seen to obfuscate on this issue, lingering doubts will always remain. It is imperative that, when next any British Government commits our armed forces to war, that Government’s word is trusted beyond doubt. For this reason, and for the sake of all those who have either risked, or given, their lives in Iraq, nothing but an Inquiry with full disclosure -
THE RT HON SIR JOHN MAJOR, KG, CH
18th June, 2009