UK forces have a clear mission to fulfil in southern Iraq, focused on the mentoring and training of 14 (Iraqi Army) Division in Basra until it is fully operational. Final decisions on our military plans and presence in Iraq in 2009 have not yet been taken, but will be based on conditions in Iraq.
We are in discussion with coalition partners and the government of Iraq over our legal requirements following the anticipated expiry of the UN Security Council mandate at the end of 2008, with a view to ensuring that our military (and civilian) assistance to Iraq remains on a sound legal footing.
The UN Security Council reviewed the mandate of the Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) on 13 June. Members of the Security Council agreed upon the continuation of the MNF-I mandate and of the arrangements for the Development Fund for Iraq and the International Advisory and Monitoring Board for Iraq, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1790 (2007).