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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the implementation of the Baghdad security plan on the security situation in Basra. (124848)

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made clear to the House on 21 February, we welcome the Iraqi-led Baghdad security plan, and recognise the critical importance of security in the capital to the future of the country, Official Report, columns 262-63. It is too soon to judge the plan's impact, though some of the early indications of the performance of the Iraqi security forces are encouraging. Thus far, we do not believe the plan has had any direct impact on the security situation in Basra, though naturally we are keeping this under close review.