Friday, May 07, 2004

Pushing back the deadlines continues with wanton abandon.
European foreign ministers meeting in Dublin this week said they were now resigned to a largely "symbolic" transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis at the end of June, and would be reluctant to block a United Nations resolution over the issue.

Several European Union governments now say the most important handover date in Iraq will be January 2005, the timetable set for elections which diplomats believe will be much more significant than June in terms of passing genuine legitimacy to an Iraqi government.

Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's envoy to Baghdad who has just finished his six-month stint, recently told Nato ambassadors during a visit to Brussels they should now regard next January, not June 30 as the more important date.
Maybe Niall Ferguson will get his wish after all!

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