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Asked about the movement of UK troops in Fallujah, the PMOS replied that he was not going to speculate on military operations, but he stressed that what was important was it was the Iraqi interim government that would make any decision about Fallujah. He also wanted to stress that what was equally important was the possibility in Iraq of a political way through. For that to happen, however, the insurgents needed to recognise that this was the preferred option and to stop the attacks on the multinational and Iraqi forces, and also to stop the use of this as a base to mount operations elsewhere.

Asked what the Prime Minister’s message to the insurgents would be if they did not surrender their weapons, the PMOS said that what was actually more important was what Prime Minister Allawi had said. This was that the insurgents had a choice between recognising remit of the Iraqi interim government endorsed by the UN, and defying it and stopping elections.

Asked if this was a threat for the insurgents to hand in their weapons, the PMOS said that what Prime Minister Allawi had said was that the writ must run and the people needed to have a democratic vote in Fallujah. The choice was in the insurgents’ hands.

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