On 24th June 2015 the Bishop of Coventry, Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, received two written answers on political reconciliation and post-conflict work in Iraq.
The Lord Bishop of Coventry To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the steps taken by the government of Iraq to encourage political reconciliation and the move towards an inclusive framework of government in Iraq. [HL548]
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: We welcome the commitments that Prime Minister al-Abadi has made to reaching out to all of Iraq’s communities, including the Sunni community, and delivering the reforms needed to secure a meaningful political settlement. Prime Minister al-Abadi has already taken some important steps in this regard, including appointing the most inclusive government that Iraq has seen for a decade, securing an important revenue sharing deal with the Kurdistan Regional government and building cross-party support for the 2015 budget. We will continue to support Prime Minister al-Abadi as he works to progress political reconciliation and a unified response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Lord Bishop of Coventry To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist the government of Iraq with its community-building efforts in post-conflict areas such as Tikrit where ISIS have been expelled. [HL550]
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: Restoring security, governance and vital services to areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are important for the safe return of those displaced by violence and to stop ISIL retaking ground. This stabilisation work is one of the five lines of effort in the Counter-ISIL Coalition’s strategy. It must be led by the Iraqi government, but closely supported by the international Counter-ISIL Coalition. The UK is actively supporting the Iraqi government in a number of ways: as a key member of the Coalition Stabilisation Working Group; providing technical expertise and advice to the Iraqi government-led Stabilisation Task Force in Baghdad; and through our military and humanitarian support. On 2 June, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), joined other Coalition ministers to review the Coalition’s progress in defeating ISIL, including ways to support communities recovering from the effects of ISIL’s brutal occupation. During the meeting, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK would pledge £2 million in support to the UN Development Programme’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilisation.