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Iraq: International Conferences

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent International Conference on Iraq; and if she will make a statement. (138243)

I warmly welcome the successful launch of the International Compact and the expanded Iraq neighbours conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on 3-4 May.

The launch of the International Compact was an important opportunity for the Government of Iraq to set out its reform agenda. Over 60 countries were represented and offered their support. We now look forward to the UN and Government of Iraq establishing a mechanism to monitor progress.

The neighbours conference was a significant step in building Iraq’s relationship with its neighbours. Participants agreed that there should be a further ministerial in Istanbul; working groups to explore co-ordination and co-operation on the problem of refugees, security and borders, and fuel imports; and, subject to approval by the Government of Iraq, the establishment of a group of senior officials to monitor progress. We will encourage all participants to use these forums constructively and to demonstrate tangible support for the Government of Iraq.