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Mandela Criticizes Bush for Iraq War | IN BRIEF / SOUTH
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June 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Former South African President Nelson Mandela criticized President Bush for the U.S.-led war in Iraq and praised French President Jacques Chirac for refusing to participate.

The 84-year-old statesman reiterated his previous criticism of Bush, who is scheduled to visit South Africa in July.

Asked if he would convey his views to Bush, Mandela replied: "You assume that he's going to meet me. I wouldn't make that assumption."

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