Wednesday, 29 August 2007

A friend in need...

So much for our much vaunted "special relationship" with the United States government:

The US will continue to refuse requests for its personnel to appear at inquests into the "friendly fire" deaths of British troops, a report says.
The MoD has sent written guidance to coroners across England and Wales over the holding of military inquests.
According to the Times, its letter says the US "confirms categorically" it will not provide witnesses for inquests.
It comes six days after three British soldiers were killed by US "friendly fire" in southern Afghanistan.
The Times reports that the letter to coroners states: "The US have confirmed categorically that they will not provide witnesses to attend UK inquests.
"While coroners may continue to ask for US witnesses to attend... they should be aware that there will in all cases be a refusal."

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