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Poland to withdraw troops from Iraq by end of UN forces mandate in 2005

[JURIST] Poland's defense minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski announced Monday that his country will withdraw its troops from Iraq by the end of 2005 on the expiration of authorizations granted by UN Security Council Resolution 1546 [PDF]. However, Prime Minister Marek Belka said he had not been consulted on the remarks and would have to meet with Szmajdzinski.

Polish forces currently oversee security in south-central Iraq. Resolution 1546, passed unanimously by the Council in June, stated the end of the occupation of Iraq but authorized multinational forces to stay in Iraq until the end of next year, at which time a permanent Iraqi government is supposed to be in place. The International Herald Tribune has more.

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