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Blair could have prevented Iraq war: Annan

Published on Sep 29, 2012 8:31 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Former British prime minister Tony Blair was the only person capable of turning George Bush against the 2003 Iraq invasion, ex-United Nations (UN) chief Kofi Annan claimed in an interview published on Saturday.

Mr Annan argued in an interview published in the Times newspaper that Mr Blair could have changed Mr Bush's mind because of the special relationship between the two nations and the two leaders.

Mr Annan said he often had contemplated what might have happened if "Blair had said 'George, this is where we part company. You're on your own'," following the failure to secure a second UN resolution.

"I really think it could have stopped the war," added the Nobel peace laureate.

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