» Wednesday, May 19, 2004


Asked if the Prime Minister had meant to say in PMQs that Iraqis should be given control over their oil and prisoners after the transfer of sovereignty, the PMOS said yes. As we had been underlining over the last few days, we wanted to see a visible change after 30 June, part of which was full indivisible sovereignty. He pointed out that a process was already underway through which ministries were taking control of their relevant subjects. That process would accelerate as we approached 30 June, although obviously the timescale for that would depend on capacity. Nevertheless, the intention was clear. The Iraqi people should be charge of as many of their affairs as soon as possible.

Asked if more British troops would be sent to Iraq in the light of the murder of a British contractor in Iraq yesterday, the PMOS said that the death of the Briton was obviously a matter of deep regret. However, our position on the deployment of additional troops to Iraq had not changed. It was an issue which remained under constant review. Any decision would be made on the basis of the need on the ground and our strategic overview.

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