Trimble calls for power to be transferred to Iraqi Government

In Questions in the House of Lords on 1 November 2006 Lord Trimble said,

“If the strategy in Iraq is to transfer authority and regions to the Iraqi Government, should it not then be the first priority to start to give that Government some authority over the Iraqi army and the Iraqi police? At present, they have virtually none”.

Replying for the Government, Lord Drayson said, “The noble Lord is absolutely right. The situation is changing quite rapidly in that regard in Iraq. We are seeing signs of the sovereign Government having a willingness to take control and responsibility for their armed forces. …This is to be supported”.

(November 3rd, 2006)

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