International Herald Tribune-
WARSAW, Oct. 15 - Prime Minister Marek Belka of Poland narrowly survived a vote of confidence on Friday after telling Parliament, "We will not stay in Iraq an hour longer than is needed."
"Poland will reduce its contingent from the start of 2005 and will discuss subsequent reductions," Mr. Belka said during a speech to Parliament. But, he stressed, the withdrawal of some of the 2,500 Polish troops should not lead to instability in Iraq.
Government officials said Mr. Belka's speech could be an acute embarrassment to President Bush. The president, in the first of his debates with Senator John Kerry, the Democratic challenger, praised President Aleksander Kwasniewski for sending troops to Iraq. He made a point of telling Mr. Kerry that Poland backed the United States.