Poles fighting in Iraq in legal limbo

[JURIST] German Deutsche Welle reports that although Poland has sent soldiers to fight in Iraq alongside the Americans, the Polish government says it's not involved in war but just enforcing the UN embargo:

Poland is dispatching its troops based on U.N. resolution 1441, says Piotr Henryk Winczorek, an expert on the Polish constitution at Warsaw University. If, however, it is determined that the resolution is legally insufficient to warrant military action in Iraq, Polish participation may also be constitutionally dubious, says Winczorek.

"If the international legal basis is not ultimately clarified, the situation will remain complicated. If U.N. resolution 1441 is determined to be a sufficient reason, as the Americans maintain, then there will be a sort of chain reaction. First [comes] international law then Polish law. Then the matter would be settled," Winczorek told DW-RADIO. "If, however, U.N. resolution 1441 is not sufficient -- I would rather not talk about it or even think about it," he said. "It would have far-reaching consequences."
Read the full DW story and review a March 17 statement by the Polish Council of Ministers supporting the Polish President's decision to commit Polish troops to the American-led operation in Iraq.


 

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