Poland says regrets report on French missiles, but....
updated, still not clear...
WARSAW, Oct. 4 Poland's defence ministry expressed regret on Saturday over its report that Polish troops had found advanced French-made missiles in Iraq that had been produced this year. The ministry's brief statement did not explicitly retract the words of spokesman Eugeniusz Mleczak, who said on Friday that the Roland-type missiles found near the Iraqi town of Hilla in a zone controlled by the Polish-led military force. ''Defence Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski expresses regret concerning the information on the alleged date of the production of these missiles,'' the statement said. Mleczak said the missiles were produced this year, prompting strong denials by France, an outspoken opponent of the U.S.-led war to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
The Polish ministry said it had ordered an investigation into the issue.
Posted by: Frank G 2003-10-04