7,510. 1/12/2010

In the Netherlands, the Davids Commission concluded that the war in Iraq, which was supported by the Dutch government, was illegal. As reported on January 12, 2010, in the Conclusions of the Committee of Inquiry on Iraq: “the [UN] Security Council resolutions on Iraq passed during the 1990s did not constitute a mandate for the US-British military intervention in 2003. Despite the existence of certain ambiguities, the wording of Resolution 1441 cannot reasonably be interpreted (as the Dutch government did) as authorizing individual Member States to use military force to compel Iraq to comply with the Security Council’s resolutions, without authorization from the Security Council.”

 – Willibrord Davids (chairperson), et. al., The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations: “Conclusions of the Committee of Inquiry on Iraq,” Jan. 12, 2010

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