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Iraq: Camp Ashraf

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 March (WA 411), what obstacles there are to United Kingdom parliamentarians wishing to visit Camp Ashraf in an observer capacity; and whether they are entitled to normal consular support while in Iraq.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice advises against all travel to Baghdad and certain provinces, including Diyala in which Camp Ashraf is located. The UK does not have the resources or capability to support parliamentarians wishing to visit Camp Ashraf in an observer capacity. In addition, the UK is reliant on US assets to provide transport to Camp Ashraf for consular visits.

The UK will continue to offer consular assistance to any individuals that are entitled to receive such support.

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