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India passes antiwar resolution

Indian lawyers argue with police during an antiwar demonstration in New Delhi.
Indian lawyers argue with police during an antiwar demonstration in New Delhi.

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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- After a heated debate, India's lower house of parliament Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution deploring the U.S.-led attack on Iraq and demanded a quick withdrawal of coalition forces.

Opposition party deputies argued with the speaker of the house, demanding a statement in stronger language.

The opposition wanted the resolution to "condemn" the military action, whereas members of the Hindu nationalist government said they were willing to "deplore" it.

The final Hindi-language version of the resolution used a word that could be translated as either "condemned" or "deplored." An English-language version was not immediately made available.

Another part of the resolution read: "Change of regime in Iraq through military action is unacceptable. This House calls for a cessation of hostilities and demands quick withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq."

Many opposition parties have attacked the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, saying it had not come out strongly against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The government counters this, saying its opposition to the attack has been consistent throughout.


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