UK report on Iraq war delayed till mid-2011
London: The publication of the final report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War and its aftermath has been delayed for another year, the inquiry team has said.
Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot said he would not report before the middle of 2013 at the earliest, a decade after the war.
According to The BBC, he said the report would be about a million words long, about twice the size of literary epic War and Peace.
Discussions with officials over whether secret documents could be published in the report were continuing, he added.
When asked whether previous secret documents could be included in the final report, Sir John said he hoped to begin a ‘dialogue’ with the Cabinet Office later this year about the release of further declassified material.
He said ‘significant progress’ had been made in getting clearance to disclose important material, but added that more needed to be done.
According to the report, there had been an ongoing row between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office over certain documents, particularly notes sent by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to ex-US President George W Bush and records of their discussions in the run-up to the conflict.