» Wednesday, May 19, 2004


Asked if the Government supported the Iraq Governing Council’s request for the Interim Authority to be given control of Iraq’s oil after the transfer of sovereignty on 30 June, the PMOS said that real sovereignty meant real sovereignty. Lakhdar Brahimi was currently examining how the Interim Authority should be structured and was due to present his report at the end of this month. The PMOS pointed out that the Coalition was already in the process of handing over ministries to the IGC. This was a trend which would accelerate as we approached 30 June.

Asked when an announcement on the deployment of troops would be made and if he could give a guarantee that it would not be just before the start of recess next Thursday, the PMOS said that as he had told journalists yesterday, a decision would be made when we were ready to make it – i.e. once all the relevant factors had been carefully considered as part of our strategic approach to Iraq and the run up to the transfer of sovereignty on 30 June. We were not expecting an announcement this week.

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