HL Deb 26 November 1996 vol 576 c5WA
Lord Brabazon of Tara

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their policy towards the Iraqi opposition.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey):

We remain committed to the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq. It is for the Iraqi people to decide their political future. They have greatly suffered from Saddam Hussein's policies and his refusal to fulfil Iraq's international obligations. Sadly, we see no prospect that he will relent. We believe the interests of the Iraqi people would be best served by a government which was representative of all the Iraqi people and which followed responsible policies. Efforts by Iraqis to form a unified and representative opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime with this aim therefore deserve our support and encouragement.