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VOICE OF AMERICA
SLUG: 2-315724 Pentagon / Resign (S-O)
DATE:>
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=5/7/04

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=PENTAGON/RESIGN (S ONLY)

NUMBER=2-315724

BYLINE=ALEX BELIDA

DATELINE= PENTAGON

CONTENT=

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INTRO: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took responsibility on Friday for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops but said he would not resign just to satisfy his political critics. More from V-O-A Correspondent Alex Belida at the Pentagon.

TEXT: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has extended his deepest apologies to the Iraqi prisoners abused in U-S military custody, saying he favors compensating them for their suffering.

Appearing before Congress, Mr. Rumsfeld says he accepts full responsibility for the mistreatment. He says he would resign if he felt he could no longer serve effectively as Defense Secretary but tells lawmakers he won't quit for political reasons.

///RUMSFELD ACTUALITY///

Needless to say, if I felt I could not be effective, I'd resign in a minute. I would not resign simply because people try to make a political issue out of it.

//END ACTUALITY///

President Bush has voiced support for the Defense Secretary, calling him a valuable member of his cabinet. (Signed)

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