Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The CPI(M) reiterates that the Volcker Committee findings cannot be treated as final and conclusive, given the circumstances in which this committee was set up and the fact that it has got material from a US occupied administration in Iraq. The two inquiries instituted by the government should help sift through all the material and ascertain the truth.
Shri Natwar Singh has stepped down as external affairs minister till the inquiries are completed. This may be seen as helping the enquiries. At the same time, there is a concerted bid to malign all those individuals, parties and forces who opposed the brutal sanctions in Iraq and showed solidarity with the Iraqi people and government.
The BJP and pro-American forces are unable to see that the worst crimes and loot of Iraq have been committed by the invasion of Iraq and its occupation.