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Iraq: Status of Forces Agreement

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are seeking a status of forces agreement between the United Kingdom and Iraq to have effect when the current United Nations mandate expires later this year. [HL4347]

The multi-national force, including British forces, operates in Iraq under the mandate of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1790, and at the request of the Government of Iraq. We are in discussion with the Government of Iraq and coalition partners 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 any future UK military assistance to Iraq remains on a sound legal footing.