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Re: From today's Times

Dear all

Two comments on the Hain statement. Stating the obvious no doubt...

> Although his message was a broad restatement of existing policy, the tone
> was vastly different from earlier statements.

I don't know about 'vastly', but it does seem different, and does indicate
how much pressure the British government is under.

> Mr Hain said that in addition to his public appeal to the Iraqi leadership
> to co-operate with the UN, Britain had been making indirect approaches to
> Baghdad through friendly Arab governments in an effort to persuade the
> Iraqis to change their minds. "I have been meeting with a number of key
> foreign ministers in the region, in the Gulf and other Arab states, who
> been seeking to have a dialogue with Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi Foreign
> about how 1284 can be implemented," he said.

This is negotiation by proxy. A very interesting admission.



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