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Iraq War Inquiry Issues More Documents

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TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – Iraq war Inquiry has issued additional witness statements, declassified transcripts, and documents on its website, announcing that full report of the Inquiry will not be delivered sooner than next autumn.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:34:55 PM
Iraq War Inquiry Issues More Documents

To write the full report, the Iraq war Inquiry needs to gather a full range of evidence. Accordingly, the Inquiry officials continue asking for “statements from the witnesses who have unique perspective on the events it is studying.”

Regarding the Inquiry's commitment to describe its achievements to the public, it has published five witness statements from Rt Hon Jack Straw MP (Foreign Secretary 2001-2006); Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP (Minister for Europe 2002-2005), Sir Hilary Synnott KCMG (Head of Coalition Provisional Authority South 2003-2004), Major General Michael Laurie CBE (Director General Intelligence Collection 2002-2003) and Major General Tim Tyler CB (Deputy Commander Iraq Survey Group 2004).

Along with the statements, it has also published transcripts of four more private hearings along with a number of formerly classified documents related to these and other hearings. The inquiry officials claimed that the declassified documents published on Thursdays would help public understanding.

In a statement, Sir John Chilcot said, “Whilst much of the Inquiry's work goes on out of the public gaze, we remain committed to openness and transparency. We have already published a great deal of material and held the majority of our hearings in public. We have published more material today and I am pleased to confirm that over the coming months we will publish further declassified transcripts and associated documents as soon as it is possible to do so. This will include the declassified transcripts of private evidence we have taken from three Directors of the Special Forces.”

The chairman of the Iraq Inquiry revealed that they have received a variety of submissions that are related to many aspects of the Inquiry's work. Moreover, he added, “I should be grateful if anyone with any further insights could ensure that they are submitted to the Inquiry by the end of June.”

“Writing a report covering so wide and complex a time period necessarily takes time. Whilst writing the report, we are also simultaneously seeking the declassification of much relevant material so the public will understand why and how the Inquiry has reached its conclusions."

“If the Iraq Inquiry chooses to make criticisms, as is the case with all public inquiries, this would necessarily involve further processes to give those criticised the opportunity to respond. We cannot predict now how long that would take."

“Given this, my colleagues and I hope to present our report to the Prime Minister later this year but not before Parliament's summer recess,” he stated.

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