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Iraq

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has held discussions with (a) the Iraqi Government and (b) coalition forces about the safety of Iraqi academics since 15 June; and if she will make a statement. (105003)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not held discussions with either the Iraqi Government or coalition forces about the safety of Iraqi academics since 15 June.

In the current security environment it is difficult to obtain reliable statistics on the level of attacks against specific groups in Iraq. Although we are aware of reports of the difficulties faced by academics in working and living in Iraq, we do not have reliable and substantiated reports of specific threats against them. We continue to work with the Iraqi security forces to develop their capacity to provide security for all Iraqis.