» Friday, April 30, 2004


Asked the Prime Minister's reaction to the pictures of the Iraqi POWs which had been widely publicised today, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the US army spokesman, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, had said this morning that he was appalled and that those responsible had let their fellow soldiers down. Those were views with which the UK Government would associate itself. At the same time, we would also associate ourselves with the view that this was not representative of the 150,000 soldiers who were in Iraq. People should not judge the Coalition as a whole on the actions of a few. However, what had happened was regrettable, to say the least. Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to President Bush about the pictures, the PMOS said that these were matters which the US Administration and the US military were dealing with.

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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Neil Kinnock's call for a second referendum should there be a no vote, the PMOS said that the position on this issue had not changed. A no vote would mean entering into unknown territory, the only guarantee being that the Government would be facing a serious situation. As the Prime Minister had underlined from the outset, the Government would go into the referendum intending to win it.

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