Italy's Prime Minister &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/diplomatic/2003/02/03/42940.html ' target=_blank>Silvio Berlusconi has told lawmakers the probe into the shooting death of an Italian intelligence officer by American soldiers in Iraq last month has not yet been completed.
Mr. Berlusconi Tuesday expressed regret at what he described as unfortunate leaks of reports that the probe will clear U.S. soldiers of blame. Defense Secretary &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/usa/2001/08/13/12422.html ' target=_blank>Donald Rumsfeld said the countries have not yet agreed on a joint report.
U.S. officials Monday said the report will conclude that U.S. soldiers generally followed rules of engagement, when American troops in Baghdad fired on a car carrying the Italian agent and a journalist, reports VOA News.
In a brief statement to the Chamber of Deputies, Berlusconi said news stories about the purported findings of the joint probe were leaks and insisted the investigation was not over.
"The government ... will only speak about this when all the results of the enquiry are finalized," Berlusconi said, adding his government was in contact with the U.S. administration.
According to Russian officials, the detainees are employees of the private security company who were on their way to Latin America via Minsk and Istanbul. Lukashenko calls Russian officials liars