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Iraq: Militias

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made representations to the Government of Iraq about the influence of militias and their alleged links with individuals and groups in government, and about the need to control and disarm these militias; and, if so, with what results. [HL391]

We continue to press the Iraqi authorities, at a national and provincial level, to take action on the militias. Prime Minister al-Maliki has recognised the importance of the issue and has made clear that the Government of Iraq must have a monopoly on the use of force. National reconciliation forms a key part of tackling illegal armed groups and ensuring their legitimate participation in the political process. We are working with the Iraqi Government to encourage this. We are ready to support the process of disarming, demobilising and reintegrating militia members into Iraqi society, and hope that other members of the international community will do likewise.