Speaking today about Parliamentary elections which will be held in Iraq later this month, Foreign Office Minister of State for the Middle East Hugh Robertson said:
On 30 April, Iraq will hold its third Parliamentary elections under the 2005 constitution. The UK government supports the people of Iraq as they participate in the democratic process. We also recognise the vital role of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) in making this possible by ensuring that the elections are free, fair, transparent and held on time. It is essential that IHEC is given the freedom to conduct its work, and that its impartiality and neutrality is respected.
I remain concerned by the security situation in Iraq, particularly in Anbar province. The UK government supports Iraq’s security forces in tackling terrorism, and in providing a secure environment for the forthcoming elections. Continued national dialogue and an inclusive political process will be essential to achieving Iraq’s long-term security.