Iraq: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of his Department's programme to involve religious minorities in reconciliation programmes in Iraq; and whether he has plans to extend those reconciliation programmes to religious minorities in other countries.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is supporting the development of inclusive and representative reconciliation processes, involving religious minorities, at both national and community levels in Iraq, through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. We have also contributed £23.15m to the UNDP Funding Facility for Stabilisation, which is helping to develop inclusive local governance. To date, while each project is subject to regular monitoring, we have made no assessment of the overall impact on reconciliation. Effective reconciliation programmes are context-specific so we do not plan to extend the specific initiatives in Iraq to other countries, but we continue to learn lessons from our programmes and apply those to future initiatives.

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