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[casi] Short Resignation Letter

Short resignation letter in full
International Development Secretary has resigned from the cabinet. Here is the full text of her 
letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair announcing the news.

Dear Tony

I have decided I must leave the government.

As you know, I thought the run-up to the conflict in Iraq was mishandled, but I agreed to stay in 
the government to help support the reconstruction effort for the people of Iraq.

I am afraid that the assurances you gave me about the need for a UN mandate to establish a 
legitimate Iraqi government have been breached.

The Security Council resolution that you and Jack have so secretly negotiated contradicts the 
assurances I have given in the House of Commons and elsewhere about the legal authority of the 
occupying powers, and the need for a UN-led process to establish a legitimate Iraqi government. 
This makes my position impossible.

It has been a great honour for me to have led the establishment and development of the Department 
for International Development over the past six years.

I am proud of what we have achieved and much else that the government has done.

I am sad and sorry that it has ended like this.



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