Iraq: Airspace

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the American Government on the transfer of control of Iraqi airspace from American responsibility to that of Iraq.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any such discussions directly with the US Administration. The process of transferring control of Iraqi airspace to Iraq is being led by the US, on behalf of the Multi-National Force Iraq. Through the Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office, it is working to build up the Government of Iraq's capacity to manage their own airspace. For our part, we have been providing support and training to Iraqi civilian air operations from and to Basra International airport.

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