Humanitarian Situation in Mosul

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:51 pm on 12th July 2017.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley 12:51 pm, 12th July 2017

I congratulate the Secretary of State on her measured and comprehensive statement on the situation. I have a friend in Baghdad who was an MP in Mosul and who was also Culture Secretary; for her, the devastation of this historically very important city will have been awful, but I am glad that the Secretary of State is focusing on the humanitarian needs right away, because as Members have said, the traumatisation, particularly of children, in the area needs to be addressed immediately.

The Secretary of State talked about the importance of peace. Of course, we all want to see peace in the region, and I congratulate the Prime Minister of Iraq for hopefully getting rid of Daesh, at least from Mosul, but Kurdistan is a very important part of the country; does the Secretary of State agree that it is important that the Parliament of Kurdistan, which has not met for over a year, should meet as soon as possible?