» Monday, November 8, 2004


Asked if the Prime Minister had had any conversations with Prime Minister Alawi, the PMOS told journalists that they had had a long and detailed conversation last Friday. As a result of that conversation the Prime Minister was fully aware of the issues. No further contact was necessary although naturally the UK government maintained full contact with the interim administration inIraq at all levels.

Asked if he was aware of comments made by Sir Stephen Wall regarding the legality of the UK presence in Iraq, the PMOS said he was not aware of the comments and therefore could not comment on them. Sir Stephen Wall as a member of the public was fully entitled to his view. The PMOS reminded journalists that Iraq wasn’t the area Stephen Wall had been responsible for whilst working for the Government.

Put to him that the Prime Minister had said that if the terrorism in Iraq stopped the multinational force in Iraq would leave, and asked how that might happen, the PMOS said that that would depend on the capacity of the Iraqi troops and their ability to maintain security. What the Government had been saying, and saying consistently since Easter was that there was a direct relationship between the capacity of the Iraqi forces, the nature of the threat they faced and the presence of the multinational force. The greater the capacity of the Iraqi force, the lesser threat they faced, the quicker the multinational force would leave.

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  1. Global search and replace:

    "Prime Minister Alawi" => "US appointed Prime Minister Alawi"


    Hello, hello, hello, what’s all this burgling someone else’s house and setting fire to the roof?

    It’s not what it looks like, Officer. I came in through the front door after pushing a child through the window, who unlocked it for me from the inside. I also unilaterally declared that he was the owner of said house, and, as the owner, he invited me in to ransack the place. It’s all perfectly reasonable.

    Very well, sir. Mind how you go. I’ll stand at the bottom of the path and make sure no one who is not the owner comes by and bothers you.

    Comment by Julian — 9 Nov 2004 on 5:57 pm | Link

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