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Asked whether the Prime Minister agreed with President Bush’s statement yesterday where he had said, that a definition of success or failure in Iraq was not linked to the number of troop casualties, the PMOS said we had always made it clear what our goal was. Our goal was the establishment of a democratic Iraqi Government that was able to defend itself and able to exercise control all over Iraq. That was what we were working to achieve. This was why we had transferred responsibility in a number of the provinces. We had always set this out as our goal. Asked whether he was saying that the number of troop deaths were an irrelevant factor, the PMOS said all deaths including troop deaths were a matter of deep regret. We would always express our regret at the death of anyone. The important point however, was to set out what it was we were trying to achieve.

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