DOWNER: NO POST-WAR ROLE FOR AUSSIE TROOPS IN IRAQ

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, March 31) - Australian
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says he does not believe Australian military
forces will play a role in post-war Iraq.

Downer is due shortly to meet the Bush administration and United
Nation figures in the United States.

He said the Australian forces' role in Iraq will finish with the
end of fighting and there are no plans to increase the size of the Australian
contingent.

"I don't think there will be any need for Australia to
provide more troops," he said.

"We've made the commitments we've made and those troops of
one kind or another, particularly our special forces, our RAAF contingent and
the navy are doing an outstanding job but we don't have any commitment to
increase the number involved."

April 1, 2003

Radio Australia: http://abc.net.au/ra 

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