British Defense Secretary: Blair Determined to Finish Job in Iraq
16 May 2004, 13:38 UTC
British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon says Prime Minister Tony Blair is absolutely determined to complete the mission in Iraq, but no decision has been made on increasing the number of British troops there.
In an interview with the BBC Sunday, Mr. Hoon said the issue of whether to deploy more troops is under constant review. He said Prime Minister Blair has the authority to send more troops without asking Parliament for approval.
Mr. Blair has seen his popularity decline because of his support of the U.S. led war in Iraq, but Mr. Hoon dismissed speculation that the prime minister may be ousted as leader of the Labor party.
Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Britain needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq after the transfer of sovereignty on June 30.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.
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