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Asked to comment on reports that British army chiefs were reluctant to send more troops to Iraq either to serve under US commanders or in areas under US control, the PMOS said that as the Prime Minister had underlined several times this week, the issue was kept under constant review. He had nothing further to say as he did not intend to add to the speculation about this matter.

Asked if Cabinet had discussed the issue of Iraq today, the PMOS said no. Asked why not in the light of the current situation there, the PMOS said that Iraq was a subject which was obviously discussed regularly at Cabinet. People were well aware both of the realities on the ground and of the Government’s approach to the issue.

In answer to further questions, the PMOS took the opportunity to point out to journalists that Sir Jeremy Greenstock had responded to the report in today’s Times saying, “I cannot accept what Oliver Miles is quoted as saying. I made clear that I would not sign the letter, not only because of my recent
position but because I disagreed with it. I was not consulted on the final draft. I still believe it is unbalanced and confrontational on the subject of Iraq”.

Asked to comment on the fact that several signatories to the letter had been invited to the FCO EU enlargement event last night, the PMOS said that as he had told journalists at yesterday afternoon’s briefing, those on the guest list had included former diplomats and former ministers who had been involved in Europe and European issues.

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