Our wider political objectives in support of the military campaign are to:
demonstrate to the Iraqi people that our quarrel is not with them and that their security and well-being is our concern;
work with the United Nations to lift sanctions affecting the supply of humanitarian and reconstruction goods, and to enable Iraq’s own resources, including oil, to be available to meet the needs of the Iraqi people;
sustain the widest possible international and regional coalition in support of military action;
preserve wider regional security, including by maintaining the territorial integrity of Iraq and mitigating the humanitarian and other consequences of conflict for Iraq’s neighbours;
help create conditions for a future, stable and law-abiding government of Iraq; and
further our policy of eliminating terrorism as a force in international affairs.
In the wake of hostilities, the immediate military priorities for the coalition are to:
provide for the security of friendly forces;
contribute to the creation of a secure environment so that normal life can be restored;
work in support of humanitarian organisations to mitigate the consequences of hostilities and, in the absence of such civilian humanitarian capacity, provide relief where it is needed;
work with UNMOVIC/IAEA to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery;
facilitate remedial action where environmental damage has occurred;
enable the reconstruction and recommissioning of essential infrastructure for the political and economic development of Iraq, and the immediate benefit of the Iraqi people; and
lay plans for the reform of Iraq’s security forces.
Military action will be conducted in conformity with international law, including the UN Charter and international humanitarian law.
Wherever possible, these tasks will be carried out in cooperation with the United Nations.
British military forces will withdraw as soon as practicable. We hope to see the early establishment of a transitional civilian administration. We will work with the international community to build the widest possible international and regional support for the reconstruction of Iraq and the move to representative government.