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    KAZAKHSTAN NOT TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ YET

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    ASTANA, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - According to an official statement from the government of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan does not intend to withdraw its troops from Iraq yet.

    "The Kazakh military will continue to help alleviate the heavy consequences of war from the Iraqi people, thus saving the lives of the citizens of that state," the statement, which was published on Friday, says.

    "Kazakhstan confirms its adherence to its obligations concerning post-war Iraq and declares support for UN involvement in this direction," the statement says.

    In the statement, it is noted that Kazakhstan initially supported the efforts of the international coalition to restore security and stability in Iraq.

    "With our parliament's approval, the decision to send bomb disposal divisions to detect and destroy the mines and shells that remained after operations was made," the statement says.

    According to the statement, during the eight months Kazakh units have been in Iraq, they have destroyed more than half a million explosives.

    At the same time, the government of Kazakhstan expressed concern about the succession of events in Iraq, where there have been fierce battles between coalition forces and Iraqi resistance, including the Shiites.

    "The government of Kazakhstan presented the command of the international coalition with a desperate request to provide proper security for the Kazakh soldiers. The presence of the Kazakh military contingent in Iraq will depend on it," the statement says.

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