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Asked why the Prime Minister had spoken today about Britain helping Iraq to move towards ‘the possibility’ of a stable future when he had sounded much more positive about Iraq achieving this goal in recent weeks, the PMOS said that he would disagree with the premise of the question. The Prime Minister had been talking about Iraq’s progress and movement towards democracy – pointing out, however, that it was a process which could not be taken for granted because of those who were deliberately out to wreck to it. Consequently, he believed that it was important for us to show solidarity with the interim Government in Iraq. All Iraqi Ministers, from the Prime Minister down, had spoken – both in public and in private – about their absolute commitment to achieving democracy for the first time in Iraq. That was not only the basis of our policy but, more importantly, their desire as Iraqi citizens.

Asked if the British Government had conveyed its views on the death penalty to the Iraqi Government, the PMOS said that Iraq was well aware of our views on this issue, as indeed were other foreign Governments around the world.

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