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Asked if the Prime Minister would be picking up his Congressional Medal this week, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that it was not on the agenda. This was a brief working visit to the White House.

Asked about developments with respect to Sudan, the PMOS said that there was a process of dialogue going which involved the UN which has an end of year deadline attached to it. We should wait and see how that went. The Sudanese Government were well aware that this was not an issue where the attention of the outside world would turn away. That attention would stay focussed on Sudan until the Sudanese Government complied with its obligations. Equally that was true for the rebels as well.

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  1. If Blair believes he deserves his congressional medal, he should have the guts to stand up for what he believes, and go and pick it up. If he thinks he does not deserve it, he should denounce it. This "third way" option of knowing the medal is there but refusing to acknowledge it for fear of offending Robin Cook is bizarre.

    As for Sudan, how can the PMOS stand there with a straight face and say something like "The Sudanese Government were well aware that this was not an issue where the attention of the outside world would turn away." The attention of the outside has turned away. Colin Powell was testing the UN when he said genocide had taken place, and the UN has failed Powell’s test. We didn’t get the security council to agree on urgent intervention in Sudan because that would only have been on the basis of humnanitarian concerns. There are no political-economic benefits to an intervention so it has been pushed back to an "an end of year deadline".

    Why are people not screaming from their roof tops about the hypocrisy of this neo-con prime minister with his messianic zeal?

    Comment by Robin — 9 Nov 2004 on 12:51 pm | Link

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