Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Iraq.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The nature of the security challenge is complex and varies across the country. In some areas, in particular in and around the capital, the security situation is grave, with an unacceptably high level of violence. 80 per cent. of the attacks in Iraq happen within a 30 mile radius of Baghdad. Improving security is the highest priority for both the Iraqi Government and the Coalition. Prime Minister Maliki has recognised that a large part of the solution lies in promoting national reconciliation as well as in military action. We strongly welcome his commitment in this area.

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