» Wednesday, February 11, 2004


Asked if the two attacks in the last twenty-four hours would have implications for the timetable to hand over power to the Iraqi people, the PMOS said no. We were continuing to work towards the same timetable. There was no point pretending that the last twenty-four hours had been anything other than very grim and difficult. Dissidents and terrorists were clearly deliberately targeting Iraqi citizens who wanted to help rebuild their country. However, neither the Iraqi people nor the Coalition were going to be bombed and intimidated by those who stood for nothing beyond their own prejudices and hatreds. We were determined to continue with the programme of reconstruction. The timetable for the hand over of power remained that which had been set out.

Asked if there was a ‘fallback’ option in case the timetable slipped, the PMOS said that despite the gravity of the two attacks, it was important for people not to lose sight of the big picture. There were many positive things happening in Iraq. The Coalition was continuing to work towards the timetable, which we had always acknowledged was challenging. Sadly, this was not the first time we had seen terrorist attacks of this nature. Nevertheless, it was important for us to remain focussed on the prize which had guided us from the outset – a free Iraq for the Iraqi people by the Iraqi people.

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