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SEEKING AN INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS ON IRAQ: JACK STRAW'S TALKS WITH KOFI ANNAN (22/08/03)
In a press conference from the United Nations in New York on 22 August, the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, spoke about his recent discussions with the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. He said the discussions had focussed on 'what happens next in Iraq and ways in which the international community can come together to strengthen the mandate of the United Nations'. He said the recent informal talks between members of the Security Council had been constructive, noting that 'although people's starting positions may be different it is possible to reach a strong consensus'. In relation to the safety of United Nations personnel in Iraq, the Secretary General said security would have to be tightened, adding 'we will need to work with a Coalition that has the capacity and has a responsibility for law and order in Iraq to give us help'.
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STRAW COMMENTS ON COMPOSITION OF TROOPS IN IRAQ (22/08/03)
Speaking from New York, where he is currently holding talks at the United Nations, the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, told the BBC's 'Newsnight' programme that consultations were currently taking place in the Security Council on a 'strengthened mandate' to encourage other countries to contribute to the reconstruction effort in Iraq. 'I think we'll get there but it's going to be a collaborative process,' he said. Mr Straw added that whilst 'the more countries that are involved in the rebuilding of Iraq the better', it was imperative to retain a unified system of command and control.
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JACK STRAW PAYS TRIBUTE TO SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO (19/08/03)
Speaking on 19 July, the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described the death of the United Nations' special representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, as 'an utter tragedy'. 'He was an outstanding international civil servant who had dedicated much of his life to the high ideals of the United Nations, and to putting those into practice at the frontline of conflict,' Mr Straw said. He said Mr de Mello had seen his task as 'bringing the people of Iraq back into the community of nations'.
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FOREIGN SECRETARY CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK ON UN HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD (19/08/03)
Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, said on 19 August that he was 'appalled' at the news of the attack against the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. 'I condemn this outrage against the United Nations, its staff and the people of Iraq,' he said. 'We will do whatever we can to help the Coalition Provisional Authority, the Iraqi Governing Council and the Iraqi police force bring the perpetrators of this act to justice. This will only reinforce our commitment to work for the peaceful, prosperous and democratic Iraq, which its people deserve.'
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'TRANSFORMING IRAQ' (02/08/03)
In a valedictory article, the outgoing UK special envoy for Iraq, John Sawers, wrote: 'It is hard to over-state the scale of the transformation we have embarked on in Iraq... Most of the mountain remains to be climbed, and the task remains huge', however, 'the progress is real'. Mr Sawers said that though it may not seem so from reports in the media, most of the country is now secure, plans are being implemented to re-build the police and army, the economy is poised to recover, and the Governing Council is in place 'as the first stage in returning Iraq to a sovereign government and its rightful place in the United Nations'. 'I am confident that we are now on the right course and that the great majority of the Iraqi people are willing us to succeed,' Mr Sawers continued. 'Getting Iraq right will bring huge benefits for democratic forces in the rest of the Islamic world as well as for the Iraqi people'.
[Arabic translation available.]
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CREATION OF POOL OF UK POLICE OFFICERS FOR SERVICE IN IRAQ (01/08/03)
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is seeking up to 200 volunteers to create a pool of UK police officers for potential deployment to Iraq to assist in the reform of the Iraqi Police Service. UK officers will conduct training and mentoring duties in Iraq. FCO Minister, Baroness Symons, said 'the police volunteers who go to Iraq will have the thanks of this government and of all the people of Iraq for the key task they will perform'.
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FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM (31/07/03)
FCO Minister, Bill Rammell, today welcomed the latest FAC report on the foreign policy aspects of the war against terrorism. The report deals with issues including instability in the Middle East, terrorism and weapons proliferation. He agreed with many of the Committee's conclusions, but he said 'we do not agree with the Committee's analysis of the events, which led to military action against Iraq. ...We stand by the legality of and justification for taking military action. We remain confident that the evidence of WMD and the grisly testimony of the mass graves will in time demonstrate that we made the right choice'.
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'THE TRANSFER OF POWER TO THE IRAQIS WHEN EVERYTHING IS STABLE IN IRAQ' (27/07/03)
Interviewed on the BBC's Breakfast with Frost, the British Ambassador to the UN, Sir Jeremy Greenstock spoke of his new role as special envoy to Baghdad and of his main objective in that role: 'to get the political momentum into the transfer of power to the Iraqis when everything is stable in Iraq'. 'Progress is being made every day', he added.
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FOREIGN SECRETARY MEETS DELEGATION OF THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL (24/07/03)
VID Video clip of Jack Straw's opening statement at the press conference  (VID, 128K)
In a press conference on 24 July, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reported on his discussions with a delegation from the Iraqi Governing Council. Mr Straw said: 'It is important... to recognise that the Governing Council has significant powers - the appointment of Ministers, running Ministries, dismissal of Ministers and setting up the constitutional convention to produce a new constitution for Iraq. It was drawn from the Iraqi people, it is broadly representative of the different interests and groups in Iraq, it covers 14 parties... so it is a start.'
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SADDAM'S SONS CONFIRMED DEAD: FOREIGN SECRETARY REACTION (22/07/03)
Speaking after confirmation was received of the death of Saddam Hussein's two sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, on 22 July, the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the two 'shared their father's responsibility for the many years of suffering by the Iraqi people'. He said they had had the chance to 'hand themselves in to justice and answer for their crimes' but had refused. Mr Straw concluded that 'the news that Saddam's sons are no longer a threat to the security of Iraq will be a reassurance to the Iraqi people'.
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