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France should pay for opposing Iraq war: US official
Thu Apr 10,10:36 PM ET
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - France should "pay some consequences" for its opposition to the US-led war in Iraq (news - web sites), particularly for its veto of NATO (news - web sites) support for Turkey, deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz said.

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"The French have behaved in ways ... that have been very damaging to NATO. I think France is going to pay some consequences, not just with us but with our countries who view it that way," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee (news - web sites).

"But I don't think we want to make the Iraqi people the victims of that particular quarrel," he said.

General James Jones, the supreme allied commander in Europe, told the committee that France's military cooperation has continued as usual within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

He noted that France and Germany, while opposing the war, have allowed US and British warplanes to use their airspace to conduct airstrikes on Iraq.

France "plays roughly the same role in formulating military positions in response to taskings from the North Atlantic Council as does any other member nation."

Wolfowitz said that France had contributed to the US-led effort to oust the Taliban militia from Afghanistan (news - web sites).

"France has actually made some significant contributions in Afghanistan. And I think that's probably -- we should note that," he said.

"The French, on a bilateral basis, frequently do things with us that they then don't support in NATO."

"If we just looked at our military relationship, you'd get a reasonably healthy view of things. It's the politicians, I guess, that we have an issue," Wolfowitz said.


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