posted on May, 19 2004 @ 07:52 AM
In an exchange in the House of Commons which will certainly be overshadowed by the purple powder attack that followed, Tony Blair gave the most
catagorical assurances yet of the full nature of Iraqi Sovereignty post the June 30th handover.
Asked by Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Party, if the Iraqi provisional government would have control of its oil reserves and prisoners,
Mr Blair replied utterly and unequivocally, "Yes".
This, for Prime Minister's Questions, was an unusually direct answer.
This is not the same line as the Bush Administration is currently taking and shows a clear shift by the British Prime Minister toward the position
held by France and Russia in their negotiations in the UN over a new Iraq security council resolution to coincide with Iraqs new "unoccupied" status
post June 30th.
How the US administration reacts to this change of position of it's closest ally remains to be seen.
[Edited on 19-5-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 19-5-2004 by John bull 1]