Consistent with its support for drawing the lines more sharply about private security operations, Blackwater issued a statement December 5 supporting a memorandum between the Pentagon and the State Department governing its diplomatic security services in Iraq. The text of the statement follows:
"Blackwater fully supports the memorandum of agreement signed today by the Department of State and the Department of Defense regarding private security companies operating in IRaq on behalf of the US Government. Blackwater has always supported the identification of contractor standards and clear rules of accountability. Increased coordination and constant review of procedures will provide even better value to the Government. Blackwater looks forward to complying with new rules as we continue to serve the United States Government."