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Blair could have prevented Iraq war: former UN chief

LONDON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the only person capable of turning George Bush against the 2003 Iraq invasion, ex-United Nations chief Kofi Annan claimed in an interview published Saturday.

Annan argued in an interview published in the Times newspaper that Blair could have changed Bush's mind because of the special relationship between the two nations and the two leaders.

Annan said he often had contemplated what might have happened if “Blair had said 'George, this is where we part company. You're on your own,'” following the failure to secure a second U.N. resolution.

“I really think it could have stopped the war,” added the Nobel peace laureate.

Annan was U.N. secretary general at the time of the crisis.

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