Cook is accused of lying
JOHN BRUTON, the former Irish Prime
Minister, last night accused Robin Cook,
the Foreign Secretary, of not telling the
truth about the refugee crisis prompted by
attacks on Yugoslavia.
Mr Bruton, the leader of Ireland's Fine
Gael main opposition party, said Mr Cook
was "simply not making a truthful statement
when he said no one could have foreseen a
refugee crisis on the scale of the one now
happening in the Balkans following the Nato
decision to bomb Yugoslavia while refusing
to commit ground troops under any
The former Dublin premier added: "He is
wrong. The present refugee crisis was not
only foreseeable, it was foreseen. It is
profoundly dishonest to pretend otherwise."
Mr Bruton said he had predicted the crisis
before the bombing, and pointed to a
prediction made in Berlin by the Swedish
opposition leader and former Bosnia
mediator Carl Bildt, who predicted one
million refugees within two weeks of the
start of bombing.
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