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Removing Saddam an uphill task, says Blair

Removing Saddam from power will be "tough and difficult," said Prime Minister Tony Blair in an interview to BBC radio.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2003 13:40 IST

Removing Saddam Hussein from power will be "tough and difficult," Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

Speaking after wartime talks with US President George W Bush, Blair said it would take time to "prise the grip of Saddam off the country when it's been there for over 20 years.

"When you've had a whole series of security services repressing the local people, it was never going to be a situation these people were simply going to give up power and go away," Blair told British Broadcasting Corp radio.

First Published: Mar 28, 2003 12:11 IST