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Today, Tuesday, the UN Security Council will hold a session on the situation in Iraq at 10 am New York time (6 pm Baghdad time).


According to the United Nations on Twitter, Special Representative Hennes-Blackshart is expected to give a briefing shortly after the session begins.

Today, Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, received his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jenin Hennes-Blackshart, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.







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For a fairer, stronger and more resilient Iraq to emerge, political leaders must act quickly to resolve the political crisis by placing the country's interests above all other interests, the Special Representative for the Security Council said this morning. Iraq, before the Security Council, worried about seeing little result on this side.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who heads the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), says the confused political situation in the country unfortunately does not allow for optimism. After five months of demonstrations and many dead and wounded, the demonstrators do not intend to change their aspirations, she warned. 


Indeed, since the resignation of Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi in November 2019, the appointment of his replacement and, therefore, of a new government could not take place because of mistrust and disunity. The question that remains is whether the political class will find a consensus candidate, she said, adding that this state of uncertainty further undermines public confidence. She nevertheless highlighted the "hope" that emerges from this situation, based on three elements: a people who remain united in their determination to forge a just and prosperous future, a sovereign nation that refuses to be the field of battle of conflicts which are not his, as well as the chance to be able in a generation to carry out a lasting political reform. 


The representative of Iraq also expressed several reasons for rejoicing: consultations have recently taken place to respond to the “completely legitimate” demands of the demonstrators, and the Iraqi President will soon appoint a prime minister to form a new government. In addition, a law was passed to hold early elections, and nine members were elected to the Council of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission. The latter are headed by a woman, an unprecedented fact, he welcomed.


Worried about the delay of Iraqi political actors, several delegations called for an end to the current political deadlock. The country's problems are not new, recalled the Russian Federation, warning that it will be difficult to implement the reforms unless political stability is achieved.


For the Special Representative, "the many brave Iraqis who continue to pay an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard deserve recognition of the intolerable abuses they have suffered". Killings, kidnappings, violence, intimidation, threats: such abhorrent human rights violations take place, when they have no place in a democracy, she said. She also noted that the unprecedented participation of Iraqi women in the protests marks a new page in the history of community mobilization of women in the country. 


For Germany, these protest demonstrations are a sign of the dynamism of Iraqi society. For its part, the United States has promised to make greater use of all available national tools to promote accountability. Four Iraqis implicated in serious human rights abuses and corrupt activities are already on a US sanctions list.


The Special Representative also noted the presence of unidentified armed groups with unclear affinities, who used peaceful demonstrators and security forces to confuse concerns, thereby misleading the public, undermining the country's interests and causing the victims. It asked political leaders to act as quickly as possible to dismantle the armed groups or integrate them into state control. Most of the speakers were also concerned about the resumption of Daesh activities in certain regions.

 
U.S. denounces attacks by Iranian-backed militias on U.S. bases as well as the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, but Iraqi delegate said his government is committed to ensuring protection of the entire diplomatic corps present in Iraq, before inviting the countries concerned to make contact with his government for the repatriation of the families of Daesh members. 


The Chinese delegate insisted on avoiding any interference in the internal affairs of the country and stressed that any military action in Iraq must be the subject of an agreement by the Iraqi authorities, while the Russian Federation warns against any attempt to make Iraq an "arena for settling regional accounts". Precisely, the representative of the country recalled that at the beginning of the year, his government had sent four letters to the United Nations to condemn the attacks that attacked Iraqi sovereignty and express its determination to avoid its territory being used to target t 'other countries.

 
Many delegations, including France, expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the country and called for international mobilization to respond to it. According to the Special Representative, corruption is another major issue in Iraq and perhaps the biggest source of dysfunction in the country. In this regard, she called for systemic reform. 


With regard to missing Kuwaiti nationals and third-country nationals, as well as the restitution of Kuwaiti property, the delegations welcomed recent advances, including the exhumation of bodies last January in Samaoua. 


THE SITUATION CONCERNING IRAQ


Twenty-fifth report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 4 of Security Council resolution 2107 (2013) ( S / 2020/133 )


Report of the Secretary-General in accordance with resolution 2470 (2019) ( S / 2020/140 )
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JEANINE HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI ), immediately spoke of “the hope of a people who remain united in its determination for a more just and prosperous future ”. She also spoke of the hope of a sovereign nation that refuses to be the battleground for conflicts that are not its own, as well as the hope that Iraq may be at the most opportune moment for reform. authentic and sustainable politics in a generation. But for this to materialize, political leaders and communities must put the country's interests above all other interests, and strengthen the country's internal strength, she warned. 


For the Special Representative, "the many brave Iraqis who continue to pay an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard deserve recognition of the intolerable abuses they have suffered". Killings, kidnappings, violence, intimidation, threats: these abject human rights violations are ongoing and have no place in a democracy, she said. She stressed that the security of populations is the primary responsibility of the state, before calling for an end to these abuses and bringing the perpetrators to justice. She stressed that justice and accountability are issues of great importance to many Iraqis who have lost loved ones or been injured just because they expressed frustration with the economic outlook, 


Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert recalled that the problems of Iraq did not appear overnight and that they would not be resolved in the blink of an eye either. According to her, times of crisis also present opportunities, even if the window of fire closes quickly. She noted that the participation of Iraqi women in the protests is unprecedented and marks a new page in the history of the mobilization of women in the country at the community level. She called on political leaders to hear this call. 


On the security front, she noted the presence of unidentified armed groups with unclear affinities, also noting that groups of individuals used peaceful demonstrators and security forces to confuse the concerns, thus deceiving the public , undermining the interests of the country and causing victims. She asked political leaders to dismantle, or integrate, the armed groups into state control, as soon as possible. 


After five months of protests and numerous deaths and injuries, it is clear, according to the Special Representative, that the demonstrators do not intend to change their aspirations. It is up to the political class to act, but we see little result from them, she worried. Since the resignation of Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi last November, the appointment of his replacement and, therefore, of a new government could not take place because of mistrust and disunity. The question that remains is whether the political class will find a consensus candidate, she said, adding that this state of uncertainty further undermines public confidence. 


According to the Special Representative, corruption is another major issue in Iraq, and it is perhaps the biggest source of dysfunction in the country. In this regard, she called for systemic reform. She said Iraq is not a poor country, explaining that private and partisan interests are conspiring to divert resources that could be used for crucial investments. In addition to the fluctuating oil prices, the country faces internal blocking factors which it nevertheless believes can be controlled, but there is a need to reduce bureaucracy, strengthen the business climate and the rule of law, as well as anti-corruption mechanisms. Iraq must also repair destroyed infrastructure and expand the sources of state revenue to reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons.


Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert noted that Daesh has resumed its activities, particularly in the northeast of Diyala, the north of Baghdad and in other regions of the country. She also pleaded for the strengthening of the electoral law and for the establishment of a final agreement on the relations between Baghdad and Erbil. With regard to missing Kuwaiti nationals and third-country nationals, as well as the restitution of Kuwaiti property, the Special Representative spoke of renewed hope last January when human remains were discovered and exhumed in a third burial site in Samaoua. It commended the role played by the Tripartite Commission in this exercise, before requesting its support also for other sites.



 
According to the Special Representative, the confused political situation unfortunately does not allow us to be optimistic, given that the country and its people continue to go into the unknown. For a strong and more resilient Iraq to emerge, she called on political leaders to act quickly and put the interests of the country above all other interests. 


Ms. CHERITH NORMAN-CHALET ( United States) called on Iraq’s future leaders to continue the reform process and to ensure free and fair elections, as well as to protect protesters and to openly prosecute those responsible for the killings. She said it will limit the influence of destabilizing armed groups, attract foreign investment and ensure that Iraq's natural resources are transformed into a better quality of life for all. According to the representative, the Iraqis continue to demand a sovereign state which grants them dignity and resists Iranian coercion. In the face of scandalous murders, beatings, kidnappings and torture, the reform movement continues, she noted while also denouncing the actions against the freedom of assembly and expression. The United States will continue to use all available national tools to promote accountability, having recently identified four Iraqis involved in serious human rights abuses and corruption. 


Norman-Chalet also denounced the attacks carried out by militias supported by Iran against American bases as well as against the American embassy in Baghdad. Rocket attacks have been launched in the past two days and the government must take all necessary measures to protect diplomatic precincts, she said, citing the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. She then called on the international community to assist Iraq in its efforts to combat terrorism. If Iraq does not meet the legitimate expectations of the people, years of progress could be lost, warned Norman-Chalet. She called on the country's new leaders to promote inclusive dialogue and reconciliation, and to resolve tensions with the Government of Kurdistan. She called for the elections to be held as soon as possible and encouraged UNAMI to help the country complete the process. Finally, she expressed concern about the problems of the delivery of humanitarian aid and called on the authorities to find an urgent solution. She said the discovery of new bodies marks a new step towards reconciliation between Iraq and Kuwait. 


Mr. CHRISTOPH HEUSGEN ( Germany ) noted that the statement by the Special Representative was both disturbing and hopeful. He called on all parties in Iraq and outside the country to exercise restraint, arguing that Iraq should not be at the center of regional conflicts, but that it may instead focus on reconstruction. According to the delegate, the protest demonstrations are a sign of the vitality of Iraqi society. Faced with the disproportionate use of force, he called for justice and accountability.


Heusgen then said that Iraq needs a strong political class, in particular to thwart the activities of armed groups, some of which are responsible for attacks on the protests. If there is a new government and good governance materializes and if civil society can flourish, the country can recover, said the representative. Addressing the Ambassador of Kuwait, he expressed support for the continued work of UNAMI on the issue of the fate of missing Kuwaiti nationals and other third States.

 
Mr. JOSÉ SINGER WEISINGER ( Dominican Republic ) expressed concern at the lack of consensus on the election of a prime minister and the formation of a government in Iraq, and called on political actors to place the well-being of the people above their partisan or personal interests. He also called on them to heed society's demands for government restructuring and to create a society protected from corruption. The representative also called for preventing any violent crackdown on the protests. 


Mr. Singer Weisinger regretted the events at the start of the year which led Parliament to ask the Iraqi Government to refuse the support of the international community in its fight against terrorism. He expressed concern at the prospect that this decision would allow Daesh to regain strength. He then addressed the humanitarian situation in the country and called for continuing to respond to the needs of refugees and displaced persons.


Mr. VASSILY A. NEBENZIA ( Russian Federation ) said he hoped that the Iraqi President could quickly work for the establishment of a new government. He called on all national political forces to join efforts to move towards political stability. The delegate also called for respect for the democratic expression represented by the demonstrations of the population. He acknowledged that the Iraqi government is developing reforms, but explained that without political stability, it will be difficult to implement them. The country's problems are not new, he said, recalling that they are the result of long conflicts that the country has known. 


The representative then pleaded for better cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil, before worrying about the resumption of terrorist activities by Daesh, in particular with elements coming from Syria. He also denounced attempts by some parties to spark international confrontations in Iraq, before warning that the country should not be used as an "arena for settling regional accounts", adding that no one has the right to undermine the country development efforts. He noted that the assassination of an Iranian general earlier this year in Baghdad had led to a regional escalation, before ensuring that the Russian Federation was ready to make its contribution to the stability of Iraq and the whole region. 


Ms KAREN PIERCE ( United Kingdom) noted that the past few months had been difficult for Iraq and called for placing the well-being of the people at the heart of the concerns of the country's leaders. Iraq urgently needs an inclusive and representative government, one that is ready to respond to the demands of the people, she said, stressing that this is all the more important as there are currently a rejection of the status quo. She insisted on the right of the population to demonstrate peacefully and denounced the repression of the demonstrations as well as the violations of human rights. Investigations must be carried out to elucidate these cases, she asked. Addressing the representative of Iraq, she called for ensuring that the new electoral law meets the expectations of the people.


Pierce then expressed concern about the threat that Daesh continues to pose and called on the international coalition to continue its efforts to address it. Condemning the attacks on the diplomatic precincts, she stressed that the Iraqi Government has the responsibility to protect them. She also expressed concern that 1.4 million Iraqis remain displaced and will require assistance. It must be ensured that the continuation of the demonstrations does not prevent taking measures to fight against Daesh, she insisted again. The representative also considered it crucial to tackle corruption. With regard to the Iraq-Kuwait case, she described the recent facts as encouraging.


Mrs ANNE GUEGUEN ( France) called for ensuring that Iraq is fully sovereign and that it quickly regains its institutional stability and the means to respond to the various challenges, with the international community at its side. Ms. Gueguen then delivered two messages, the first of which is "a message of support": support for the Iraqi people who must be able to express their legitimate claims without fear for their safety. France is particularly concerned about the arbitrary arrests, assassinations, enforced disappearances and the indiscriminate use of force against those exercising their right to peaceful protest, said the representative. It considered it imperative that Iraq have a government capable of implementing the reforms expected by the Iraqis, in particular to fight corruption, provide quality services to the population and organize fair and transparent early elections. The representative also expressed France's unreserved support for UNAMI and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for their courageous and effective engagement.


Ms. Gueguen then called for international mobilization for Iraq, so that the country remains aloof from regional tensions and that its sovereignty is preserved. Because a stable Iraq is essential to create the conditions for a lasting de-escalation in the region, she explained. “We must also mobilize in the fight against Daesh because the fight is not over. The international coalition is determined to continue supporting the Iraqi authorities in order to avoid any large-scale resurgence of terrorism in that country, she said. Finally, the representative spoke of international mobilization to respond to the humanitarian emergency and the challenges of stabilization and reconstruction of the country. 


JERRY MATTHEWS MATJILA ( South Africa) said that UNAMI remains crucial to coordinate UN efforts in Iraq, before welcoming the reforms undertaken by the Government. He called for an inclusive government that brings together all components of Iraqi society. National reconciliation and unity in Iraq are vital for lasting peace, he said. He then supported the full consolidation of control of the Iraqi army over its territory, as well as the Government's efforts to eradicate the threat posed by Daesh.


The delegate also called for continued cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Government of the Kurdistan Region to promote peace and stability in the country. He welcomed the appointment of a woman to head the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission. Finally, Mr. Matjila said that the situation has improved significantly in the past 17 years in Iraq and urged the international community to play its part in the country's recovery, while respecting its sovereignty. 


Mr. TAREK LADEB ( Tunisia) hoped that Iraqi political actors could go beyond the sensitive phase the country is currently going through and agree on the formation of a government so as to give priority to the general interest. He said that Iraq needs constant international support, stressing in particular the importance of fighting corruption and meeting the aspirations of the people. He then stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq. In addition, the representative expressed concern that despite a relative improvement in the economic situation, the country still needs humanitarian aid. With regard to the Iraq-Kuwait file,


Mr. SVEN JÜRGENSON ( Estonia ) noted that Iraq is facing notable difficulties, noting that in a context marked by increasing regional tensions, the constant support of the international community for security and the reconstruction of the Iraq remains essential. He expressed concern about the political crisis that Iraq continues to face. He urged the political parties and factions to urgently resolve their differences and to reach consensus on the nomination of a candidate for the post of prime minister.
The representative also considered it essential to pursue "credible" economic reforms, create jobs, provide basic services, improve governance and take effective measures to fight corruption and uphold the state of law. There is also a need to ensure a greater share of women and young people in the appointment of ministers, he added. The electoral reform process must also be completed, said Jürgenson, who also expressed concern about human rights violations perpetrated during the six-month-long public protests in Iraq. He called on the government to protect peaceful protesters and to carry out full investigations into cases of rights violations. He then commended the important measures taken by the Government of Iraq to prevent the recruitment of children and their use in armed conflict. A lasting solution to the situation of the displaced must also be found, he added.


Mr. MARC PECSTEEN DE BUYTSWERVE ( Belgium ) condemned the use of violence, including by the Government, in the context of the protests which started in the autumn, stressing that each abuse must be investigated . He noted that, politically, the institutions remain weak. He therefore called on all parties to engage in a constructive dialogue in order to form a new government that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people. He hoped that this government could continue the efforts of the precedent, particularly with regard to the fight against corruption, economic recovery and job creation. He will also have to continue his important and courageous initiatives already taken in the area of ​​security sector reform, he added.


The representative then said that he was very concerned about the lack of humanitarian access following the Iraqi authorities' decision to end the system of letters of access for NGOs. He expressed alarm at the consequences this had on the delivery of humanitarian aid in the country, calling on the authorities to immediately implement a solution. Pecsteen of Buytswerve also called for everything to be done to avoid the resurgence of the Islamic State. He also noted that the challenges still remain with regard to children in times of armed conflict. Under the Belgian chairmanship of the Working Group on the Fate of Children in Armed Conflict, the Security Council should not delay in carrying out the appropriate follow-up in the form of conclusions, he announced.


Mr. ABDOU ABARRY ( Niger ) welcomed the lull in Iraq and encouraged the authorities to continue their efforts to develop friendly relations with neighboring countries. He hoped that the political process would lead to the establishment of institutions that guarantee the stability of the country and the appointment of a new prime minister. A sustainable process must include Iraqi women, added the representative. Abarry, however, is concerned about the way the protests have been handled. He recalled his attachment to respect for public freedoms. 


The representative also called on the Government to take measures to overcome the existing administrative and security difficulties so that the violations against children cease. Children must be able to obtain their civil status documents and have access to education, he argued. It is most regrettable that the transnational threat of terrorism remains present in the country with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at its center, deplored Mr. Abarry. He called on the Iraqi authorities to continue the fight against terrorists while ensuring respect for human rights. 


Ms. ISIS AZALEA MARIA GONSALVES ( Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ) stressed the importance of the strong participation of women in political processes with a view to achieving lasting peace. In line with this, she welcomed the appointment of a woman to head the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission. She commended UNAMI's engagement with young civil society activists before noting the constructive cooperation between the Mission and the Government regarding the fate of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals. 


Ms. Gonsalves expressed concern over the current protests and allegations of violence against the demonstrators. She wanted those responsible for the violence to be held accountable. The delegate then recalled the principles that must govern assistance efforts to Iraq, in particular sovereignty, non-intervention and non-interference. Iraq, as a sovereign state, has full authority over its internal affairs, in accordance with international law, she said. It called on all States, including those present in Iraq, to ​​respect international law and to comply with the parameters established by the Government. Finally, Ms. Gonsalves considered it essential that the last elements of Daesh be eradicated in order to promote reconciliation in the country. 


M. DANG DINH QUY ( Vietnam) welcomed the progress made by Iraq in recent months, in particular in responding to the demands of its people and promoting national reconciliation, as well as the adoption of new electoral laws. He noted that the situation in the country remains a challenge due to the increase in regional tensions and expressed concern about the delays encountered in forming a new government. He called on the parties to redouble their efforts to overcome their differences and facilitate the formation of a new government in order to stabilize the political situation. Reforms will also be needed to meet the expectations of the population, he noted. The representative also considered it essential to prioritize the economic difficulties facing Iraq, stressing the importance of international support and assistance to ensure the long-term stability of the country. He also underlined the important role played by UNAMI at this stage in the country.


Mr. MUHSIN SYIHAB ( Indonesia) expressed concern at the fragile stability and security of Iraq, while expressing its encouragement at the maximum restraint shown by the authorities and their commitment to support the quest for peace and prosperity in Iraq. He strongly supported Iraq's efforts to fight Daesh, stressing the importance of neighboring countries in this fight. The representative then said that he supported the measures taken with regard to electoral reform, and welcomed the adoption of the law of the Independent High Electoral Commission and the appointment of a woman as its head. He hoped the appointment of a new prime minister soon, followed by the formation of a new cabinet, to implement the reforms demanded by the people. Mr. Syihab also called on the Government of Iraq to continue to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid. It also supported efforts to deal with missing Kuwaitis and third country nationals.


Mr. ZHANG JUN ( China) called for the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq, before inviting the international community to assist the country in its reconstruction. The delegate insisted that interference in the internal affairs of the country be avoided and stressed that any military action in Iraq must be approved by the Iraqi authorities. He also felt that the country should be supported in consolidating the achievements in the fight against terrorism. He called on the international community to assist Iraq in bringing foreign terrorists in the country to justice. It is also necessary to promote the economic recovery of Iraq and to meet the expectations of the population, further argued the representative.



 For its part,
MOHAMMED HUSSEIN BAHR ALULOOM ( Iraq ) recalled that Iraqis have been taking to the streets for five months and said that they had managed to make their voices heard. He also said that the violation of Iraq's sovereignty in January had damaged its stability. Iraqi security forces continue to fight the remains of Daesh, and Iraqis will be able to experience the social and economic renewal they deserve, he predicted, assuring that the country has entered a new era.

The representative explained that consultations had recently taken place to respond to the “perfectly legitimate” demands of the demonstrators. He said the President of Iraq will soon appoint a candidate to form a new government. A law was also passed to hold early elections and nine members were elected to the Council of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission. The latter are headed by a woman, an unprecedented fact, he welcomed. He explained that the electoral law represents a major change in that it guarantees a fairer representation of the different strata of society, as well as a greater participation of young people by lowering the age allowing 30 to 25 'be eligible.


Continuing, the representative said that the Iraqi authorities had shown the utmost restraint in the face of the regrettable incidents committed during the demonstrations. He accused "certain political parties" of trying to derail them and sowing discord, only to assert that significant cooperation was established between the security forces and the demonstrators to guarantee the peaceful character of the demonstrations. Significant efforts are also being made to guarantee a return to normalcy in the country, which have notably enabled the markets to reopen and certain restrictions to be lifted.


Bahr Aluloom then rejected any attempt to make Iraq a field of external conflict. He recalled that at the beginning of the year, the Government of Iraq had sent four letters to the United Nations to condemn the attacks which had attacked Iraqi sovereignty and to stress that Iraq is determined to ensure that its territory is not lost. used to target other countries. He then called on the Security Council to insist on the need to preserve the sovereignty of Iraq.


Regarding the attacks on the US Embassy, ​​the Government of Iraq is committed to ensuring the protection of the entire diplomatic corps present in Iraq, the representative said. He then said that certain elements of Daesh continue to threaten the stability of the country and called on the international community to continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and to help the Iraqi security forces. He said that ISIS elements in detention are in the hands of "competent elements" and that their rights are respected, including that of contacting their embassy. 


Iraq, the representative continued, still needs to develop programs to support the repatriation of the families of ISIL members. It is therefore important, he said, that the countries concerned take decisions in this regard in coordination with the Government of Iraq. These individuals represent a heavy burden for my country, he said, before thanking several countries which responded favorably to the Iraqi authorities by welcoming more than 800 ISIL members. He urged the other countries concerned to also repatriate their nationals. Iraq also hopes to receive assistance in determining the sources of Daesh funding. Efforts are also needed to help the victims of terrorism, especially in the liberated areas, he added.


Addressing the issue of cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait, Mr. Bahr Aluloom announced that the Government of Iraq has made significant progress in implementing paragraph 4 of resolution 2107 (2013). He said the remains of missing persons had been found in late January and called on Kuwait to inform his government as soon as possible of the results of the analysis to determine the nationality of the people concerned.


Finally, the representative welcomed the progress made at the regional level, in particular with regard to oil revenues, and hoped for the conclusion of a final agreement between Iraq and Kurdistan. He hoped that after the complete defeat of ISIL and thanks to the constant support of the international community, it would be possible to continue to respond to the aspirations of the people.


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The UN Security Council holds a session on the situation in Iraq Empty Blackshart before the Security Council: Acts of violence, intimidation and intimidation in Iraq are continuing

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Blackshart before the Security Council: Acts of violence, intimidation and intimidation in Iraq are continuing


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Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria: The
Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blackshart, confirmed during the session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the Iraqi authorities continued to suppress demonstrations, violence, intimidation, intimidation and threats



. They have been paying an unimaginable price in order to listen to them, to acknowledge the unbearable violations that they have been subjected to


. These horrific human rights violations are still continuing and contradicting all that is decent and decent and has no place under a democratic system, that is, a democratic system. "

"We are aware of the challenges of working in a volatile and mysterious security context with the presence of many actors. However, I have said repeatedly: The state has the ultimate responsibility, in an undeniable way, for the safety and security of the people."







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The UN Security Council holds a session on the situation in Iraq Empty "Al-Ikhbaria" publishes the text of Blackshart's speech before the Security Council ... condemns the suppression of demonstrators and the delay of political reform

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"Al-Ikhbaria" publishes the text of Blackshart's speech before the Security Council ... condemns the suppression of demonstrators and the delay of political reform




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Publishes "news full text of the report of the briefing for the Secretary-General of the United Nations representative in Iraq Genin Hennes-Blaschart submitted to the Security Council , 3 March 2020
and Jay in the text of
Mr. President, thank you very much,
ladies and gentlemen members of the Security Council delegates,
did not leave Iraq news headlines in the months Past, as local, regional, and international events continue to impose themselves on the largest scale in the country.

As we discuss these events today, I would like to start with hope:

• The hope of a people who have remained united in designing for a more just and prosperous future.
• The hope of a sovereign state Refuses to be the apron of Raat , which is not related to them.
• The hope that Iraq finds itself well in the most appropriate moment for a real and lasting political reform for decades.
However, in order to achieve this, political leaders and components of the people must live up to their responsibilities:


 putting the country's interest above all else in order to build internal strength.

In this regard, it is important not to obscure the current harsh realities.

Many brave Iraqis, who have been paying an unimaginable price for listening to them, deserve to be recognized for the unbearable violations they have been subjected to.

Killings, kidnappings, violence, intimidation, intimidation and threats. These terrible human rights violations are still continuing and contradicting all that is decent and decent and has no place under a democratic system, that is, a democratic system.

And yes, of course, we are aware of the challenges of working in a volatile and mysterious security context with many actors involved. However, I have said over and over again: The state has the ultimate responsibility, undeniably, for the safety and security of the people.

Therefore, it is imperative to put an end to these abuses. In addition, it is necessary for perpetrators to be brought to justice, where impunity ends and accountability begins.

Let me emphasize that justice and accountability are issues of great importance to many Iraqis who have lost loved ones or watched them bleed, for no other reason than to express their frustration in the face of low economic, social and political prospects.


Justice and accountability must be urgent for the Iraqi state. The rule of law must be strengthened in order to enhance people's confidence.

And now, Mr. President,

as I have said over and over: The problems of Iraq did not emerge overnight, and they will not be solved in a moment.
However, times of crisis create opportunities. I sincerely hope that the Iraqi political leaders realize that at this moment they are at a crossroads, either they will remain immobile or they will make fun of themselves to serve the sons and daughters of their country. But I have to say that the opportunity is diminishing quickly.

With regard to the participation of Iraqi women now in the current protests, it is unprecedented and a new page in the history of women's popular mobilization in Iraq. Political leaders should heed this call.

Returning to the street: The security picture is undoubtedly complex and difficult to manage. We have witnessed armed entities whose identification was vague and with unclear loyalties. We saw groups or individuals exploiting the cover of peaceful protesters and / or security forces to disrupt matters, mislead the public, harm the country's interests, confuse the scene and cause casualties.

All of this is part of Iraq’s difficult reality.

As Secretary-General Guterres said: "The large number of armed groups operating outside the control of the state prevents the country from operating as a natural country."

But it is worth remembering that it is not something that political leaders can hide behind. On the contrary, they must dissolve these armed entities or formally integrate them under the full control of the state without any delay. In other words, this is not an excuse for political and governmental inaction.

And now, Mr. President,

after 5 months of protests and many dead and wounded, it should be clear that peaceful protesters - backed by the silent majority - will not give up on their aspirations. Now, that should be the first and last concern of the political class - but so far we have seen few results.

Let me be clear: meeting the demands of people requires a collective effort. I stress again that no prime minister can do this alone. Each political party and political leader is fully responsible for restoring the public's vital confidence in their government and its institutions.

At the end of last November, the Prime Minister announced his resignation, which was subsequently approved by Parliament and the President.

The nomination of a new prime minister and subsequent attempts to form a new government ultimately failed due to discord and suspicion. This has led to a complex situation in which the Prime Minister-designate was unable to obtain widespread and sufficient support to form his government within 30 days.

During the last three days, we have witnessed the withdrawal of the Prime Minister-designate - who has been approved by the President - and the announcement of the current and former caretaker Prime Minister that he will back down from most of his duties as Parliament calls for early elections on December 4, 2020.


Constitutionally, the president has another 15 days to nominate a new prime minister, and his government and program are again presented to parliament to obtain his support. While political consultations are still ongoing, the question remains whether will political parties be able to find a new consensual candidate within this specific period.
Obviously, this prolongs the uncertainty and creates major challenges - further weakening public confidence.

Mr. President,

in one way or another: The road ahead is still fraught with difficulties.

I have mentioned above the urgent need for accountability and justice. Another top priority is corruption: perhaps the greatest source of dysfunction in Iraq, and, unfortunately, a fundamental feature of the current political economy and pervaded in daily transactions.

One of the features related to the political economy in Iraq is its dependence on patronage and favoritism, and it has resulted in a bloated and ineffective public service that works as a tool for political interest rather than service to the people.

One of the cynics might describe "salary corruption" as one of the best electoral mobilization strategies as low turnout benefits - adversely - those who pursue their narrow partisan interests and / or bartering.
Now it is important to treat the system as precisely as it is: as a system and not just as a chain of individuals or events. Every bribery or favoritism perpetuates the existing structure.

Therefore, comprehensive systemic reform is a necessity and there is no one who understands this more than Iraqi women and men whose opportunities for a prosperous life are still imperfect because of a system that ignores them.

Mr president,

Iraq is not a poor country, in any way, but as I said: private and partisan interests conspire to divert resources from the vital investments needed to move forward.

Iraq's vast oil wealth has funded a raw rentier system that converts massive revenue into salaries in unproductive sectors.

While external factors (such as regional tensions and fluctuating oil prices) cast a shadow over the national economy, there are internal factors that Iraq can control such as reducing bureaucracy, increasing business facilities, strengthening the rule of law and anti-corruption mechanisms: all of these measures would stimulate the private sector Domestic and at the same time attract foreign investment. These are necessary steps to build a healthy environment suitable for broad growth, equitable distribution and job creation.

Iraq should build, repair and modernize critical infrastructure and expand the resource base to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons. Agriculture also augurs as an instrument of investment - good news. The agricultural renaissance in Iraq, the cradle of agriculture, will not only improve job opportunities and social cohesion (especially in the liberated rural areas) but will enhance Iraqi food security.

In this context, I would like to highlight the creative resilience of the Iraqi people, because if we look beyond the statistics and legal structures, we notice - on the street - a lot of commercial activity and one can imagine what the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship can achieve if it is freed from restrictions Bureaucracy and bribery.

Mr president,

An important aspect of corruption is illicit financial flows: it not only helps to explain why Iraqis continue to wait for roads, hospitals, schools, and legal employment opportunities to exist, but it also contributes to further destabilization, by creating channels for financing organized crime and extremism. Violent.

With regard to violent extremism, we cannot deny the continued threat that terrorism poses.
Although ISIS was defeated in the field, in the past two months, it continued its efforts to increase its military operations in the northeast of Diyala Governorate, north of the capital, Baghdad, and in western Iraq.

It goes without saying that ISIS should not be allowed to reorganize and recruit fighters. While constructive negotiations are taking place between the Iraqi government and its allies, following the vote on the parliament’s decision on the presence of foreign forces, Iraq’s allies continue to provide assistance to the Iraqi government and its institutions in combating ISIS.

It is now clear that a strong country that exclusively reserves the right to use force is better able to confront such multiple security threats. Of course, the equally powerful tool for countering violent extremism is fairness and justice.
Mr. President, Regarding the issue of the need for free, fair and credible elections. While "electoral reform" is a top priority for many - widespread and systematic reform and a strong and independent election commission will prove to be critical factors.

In other words, the newly formed Election Commission will need to be more determined to adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, independence and professionalism as it contributes to building the IHEC's institutional capacity and launching electoral technical preparations.

Moreover, in order to establish the electoral roll, there is a need to complete the electoral law. The House of Representatives must work to complete pending and urgent articles in the electoral law, particularly defining electoral districts and distributing seats, in the hope that this measure will make voters closer to the candidates and make the elected representatives more accountable to their constituents.

And let me turn here to the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, and despite the existence of an encouraging initial agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government on oil and revenue sharing, we are still awaiting a long-term and sustainable agreement on this file as well as on security cooperation and Sinjar.

Mr. President,

I think we can all agree that the volatile local and regional climate has had an extraordinary impact on Iraq in the past months. To indicate what is clear, the interstate violence that we witnessed and which was reflected in all parts of Iraq earlier this year was a clear and significant threat to the country.

The modus operandi and rules of engagement have changed, and the threat of rogue behavior by armed groups with unclear ties has become a constant concern.

In addition to the immediate security threat, this distracts political attention from the urgent, incomplete local matters. But, as I mentioned before, regional security developments should not overshadow local priorities.
The question is whether Iraq will prosper as a place of peace and understanding, or will it suffer as a battleground for outside battles.

Mr president,

I now turn to the issue of missing Kuwaitis, nationals of other countries, and lost Kuwaiti property, including the National Archives.

Hopes were renewed in January, when new human remains were discovered and extracted from a third cemetery in Samawah. Despite the very difficult operational context - the Iraqi Ministry of Defense demonstrated a commendable focus on this important dossier when it led excavation efforts with the assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

I sincerely hope that the DNA identification of these newly discovered human remains, as well as those still being examined in Kuwait, will prove positive and will bring these remains to the families and relatives of those who lost nearly thirty years ago.

The contribution of the members of the Tripartite Commission through the provision and analysis of satellite imagery, and with the support of witness information, proved crucial to determining the locations of Samawah. I would like to invite all members of the Commission to continue their unwavering support for the ongoing efforts of other potential burial sites.

Mr. President,
In conclusion, I had intended to end my briefing with words of hope, but the continuing political stalemate and dissent - which leads to more paralysis in the decision-making process, unfortunately does not give rise to immediate optimism. The country and its people are still being pushed into the unknown.

In addition, the frequent pattern of parliamentary sessions that failed to achieve a quorum is the opposite of what the country needs, especially during the period of acute political crisis. The primary mandate of the elected representative of the people is: to be present, to be calculated among the parliamentarians present, and to vote on decisions.

As I said last time: From this ongoing political crisis, Iraq can emerge more just, stronger, and more confrontational in nature. But again, for that to happen: political leaders will have to act fast and put the country's interest above all else.
The Iraqis must also find strength in diversity and realize that a cohesive society is stronger and more expensive than the sum of its parts.

The process of extinguishing fires - one after another - is not a strategy because it must move from continuous crisis management to sustainable and stable policies and build resilience through broad and deep systemic reform. As is well known: Ultimately, Mr. President, strength at home is a prerequisite for power abroad.
thank you.











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Urgent: United Nations Secretary-General: Armed groups in Iraq prevent the country from operating normally


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Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed on Tuesday that the large number of armed groups operating outside the control of the state prevents the country from operating as a natural country.



"The large number of armed groups operating outside the control of the state prevents the country from operating as a normal country," Guterres said during a special session of the Security Council briefing the council on the situation in Iraq.



To that, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Henness Blackshart, stressed during the session of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, the Iraqi authorities continued to suppress demonstrations, violence, intimidation, intimidation and threats, and
continued, "We are aware of the challenges of working within a volatile and vague security context with the presence of many actors However, I have said repeatedly: The state has the ultimate responsibility, in an undeniable way, for the safety and security of the people.



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 ,Baghdad today - Baghdad Representative Intisar al-Jubouri, on Wednesday (4 March 2020), described the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blashardt, before the UN Security .Council as a "warning bell" for the country's political elite Al-Jubouri said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that "Blashart touched before the UN


Security Council a number of important issues in the current scene and talked about serious concerns threatening the stability of Iraq, which represents an alarm bell for the political elite ".in Iraq Al-Jubouri added, "There are serious fears that Iraq will return to the seventh item and will have a major impact on the country's economy, especially after the drop in oil prices, which ".represents the greater part of Iraq’s budget due to the consequences of corona disease She noted that "Iraq needs to form a strong government capable of solving its many crises according to a national vision and contribute to addressing a major threat represented by the budget deficit, which will have negative effects in different directions." He stressed that "Blaskhart's report summarized the Iraqi problem, which must be paid attention to and sought to transfer The country is to safety by means of a vision that pushes all parties to build a country that has the capacity to build, build and provide services to all regions of the " .country without exception Jenin Blackshart, representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, said during a session of the UN Security Council to discuss developments in Iraq, Tuesday, 3 March 2020, that "the Iraqi demonstrations did not take place overnight and will not be resolved in a moment", indicating that "the Iraqi state must protect the demonstrators .Perpetrators of violations must be tried She added, "Iraq is not a poor country and reforming the system and fighting corruption are the ones that achieve success in it," noting that "Iraq needs agricultural reform that achieves ".jobs and secures its need for food The rule of law and opportunities for a solution in Iraq must be strengthened more and" more," Blackshart continued, explaining that "there are armed groups outside the Iraqi state ".that prevent them from operating normally Regarding Muhammad Allawi’s apology for his appointment as prime minister, Blashart indicated that “Allawi did not succeed in obtaining the confidence of the majority of the Parliament’s powers,” noting that “we believe that a period of 15 days to name an alternative ”.to Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi is not sufficient to bring about a political consensus





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[size=30]Maliki's coalition feels provocative: Blackshart did not say that we condemned the violence against the demonstrators![/size]




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State of Law Coalition, Thursday, commented on the text of the briefing of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blackshart, submitted to the UN Security Council in a previous session that was devoted to the conditions of the country
A statement of the State of Law Coalition, "People" received a copy of it, today (5 March 2020), that "The State of Law coalition records its deep dissatisfaction with some of the provocative contents contained in the report read by the UN envoy in Iraq, Mrs. Jenin Balshart, to the Security Council in New York."

He continued, "As the report was unfair and fell into non-objective selectivity because it presents a confused and abusive picture of the democratic political system in Iraq, and despite his talk about the facts and events of the events that accompanied the protest movements, Mrs. Blashardt has forgotten to indicate in her report the positions of the national powers and the government that It condemned all forms of violence used against the demonstrators as well as against the security services, as it neglected the serious endeavors by all parties towards forming a government capable of meeting the demands of the demonstrators, restoring the prestige of the state and committing to early elections.

The statement added, "We renew our rejection of some of what was stated in the report of Mrs. Blackshart, and we invite her to investigate accuracy in assessment and commitment to objectivity, and we affirm a greater presence of the United Nations in Iraq to support it in the field of reconstruction, reconciliation, service development and consolidation of the state of peaceful coexistence among Iraqis and the establishment of security and stability."

And published "Nass", the text of the briefing of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes Blackshart submitted to the Security Council at the session devoted to the situation in the country.

Below is the full text:

“Mr. President, thank you very much,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Major news headlines have not left Iraq during the past months, as local, regional and international events continue to impose themselves on the largest scale in the country.

As we discuss these events today, I would like to start with hope:


  • The hope of a people who remained united in designing for a more just and prosperous future.




  • The hope of a sovereign country that refuses to be an arena for conflicts that it has nothing to do with.




  • The hope is that Iraq will find itself well at the most appropriate moment for genuine and lasting political reform for decades.




However, in order to achieve this, political leaders and components of the people must live up to their responsibilities: putting the country's interest above all else in order to build internal strength.

In this regard, it is important not to obscure the current harsh realities.

Many brave Iraqis, who have been paying an unimaginable price for listening to them, deserve to be recognized for the unbearable violations they have suffered.

Killings, kidnappings, violence, intimidation, intimidation and threats. These terrible human rights violations are still continuing and contradicting all that is decent and decent and has no place under a democratic system, that is, a democratic system.

And yes, of course, we are aware of the challenges of working in a volatile and mysterious security context with many actors involved. However, I have said over and over again: The state has the ultimate responsibility, undeniably, for the safety and security of the people.

Therefore, it is imperative to put an end to these abuses. In addition, it is necessary for perpetrators to be brought to justice, where impunity ends and accountability begins.

Let me emphasize that justice and accountability are issues of great importance to many Iraqis who have lost loved ones or watched them bleed, for no other reason than to express their frustration in the face of low economic, social and political prospects.

Justice and accountability must be urgent for the Iraqi state. The rule of law must be strengthened in order to enhance people's confidence.

And now, Mr. President,

As I said again and again: Iraq’s problems did not appear overnight, and they will not be solved in a moment.

However, times of crisis create opportunities. I sincerely hope that the Iraqi political leaders realize that at this moment they are at a crossroads, either they will remain immobile or they will make fun of themselves to serve the sons and daughters of their country. But I have to say that the opportunity is diminishing quickly.

With regard to the participation of Iraqi women now in the current protests, it is unprecedented and a new page in the history of women's popular mobilization in Iraq. Political leaders should heed this call.

Returning to the street: The security picture is undoubtedly complex and difficult to manage. We have witnessed armed entities whose identification was vague and with unclear loyalties. We saw groups or individuals take advantage of the cover of peaceful protesters and / or security forces to disrupt matters, mislead the public, harm the interest of the country, confuse the scene and cause injuries.

All of this is part of Iraq’s difficult reality.

As Secretary-General Guterres said: “The large number of armed groups operating outside the control of the state prevents the country from operating as a natural country.”

But it is worth remembering that it is not something that political leaders can hide behind. On the contrary, they must dissolve these armed entities or formally integrate them under the full control of the state without any delay. In other words, this is not an excuse for political and governmental inaction.

And now, Mr. President,

After 5 months of protests and many dead and wounded, it should be clear that peaceful protesters - backed by the silent majority - will not give up on their aspirations. Now, that should be the first and last concern of the political class - but so far we have seen few results.

Let me be clear: meeting the demands of people requires a collective effort. I stress once again that no prime minister can do this alone. Each political party and political leader is fully responsible for restoring the public's vital confidence in their government and its institutions.

At the end of last November, the Prime Minister announced his resignation, which was subsequently approved by Parliament and the President.

The nomination of a new prime minister and subsequent attempts to form a new government ultimately failed due to discord and suspicion. This has led to a complex situation in which the Prime Minister-designate was unable to obtain widespread and sufficient support to form his government within 30 days.

During the last three days, we have witnessed the withdrawal of the Prime Minister-designate - who has been approved by the President - and the announcement of the current and former caretaker Prime Minister that he will retract most of his duties while calling on Parliament to hold early elections on December 4, 2020.

Constitutionally, the president has another 15 days to nominate a new prime minister, and his government and program are again presented to parliament to obtain his support. While political consultations are still ongoing, the question remains whether will political parties be able to find a new consensual candidate within this specific period.

Obviously, this prolongs the uncertainty and creates significant challenges - further weakening public confidence.

Mr president,

One way or another: The road ahead is still fraught with difficulties.

I have mentioned above the urgent need for accountability and justice. Another top priority is corruption: perhaps the greatest source of dysfunction in Iraq, and, unfortunately, a fundamental feature of the current political economy and pervaded in daily transactions.

One of the features related to the political economy in Iraq is its dependence on patronage and favoritism, and it has resulted in a bloated and ineffective public service that works as a tool for political interest rather than service to the people.

One of the cynics might describe "salary corruption" as one of the best strategies for electoral mobilization as low turnout benefits - adversely - those who pursue their narrow partisan interests and / or bartering.

Now it is important to treat the system as precisely as it is: as a system and not just as a chain of individuals or events. Every bribery or favoritism perpetuates the existing structure.

Therefore, comprehensive systemic reform is a necessity and there is no one who understands this more than Iraqi women and men whose opportunities for a prosperous life are still imperfect because of a system that ignores them.

Mr president,

Iraq is not a poor country, in any way, but as I said: private and partisan interests conspire to divert resources from the vital investments needed to move forward.

Iraq's massive oil wealth has funded a raw rentier system that converts massive revenue into salaries in unproductive sectors.
While external factors (such as regional tensions and fluctuating oil prices) cast a shadow on the national economy, there are internal factors that Iraq can control such as reducing bureaucracy, increasing business facilities, strengthening the rule of law and anti-corruption mechanisms:


 all of these measures would stimulate the private sector Domestic and at the same time attract foreign investment. These are necessary steps to build a healthy environment suitable for broad growth, equitable distribution and job creation.

Iraq should build, repair and modernize critical infrastructure and broaden the resource base to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons. Agriculture also augurs as an instrument of investment - good news. The agricultural renaissance in Iraq, the cradle of agriculture, will not only improve job opportunities and social cohesion (especially in the liberated rural areas) but will enhance Iraqi food security.

In this context, I would like to highlight the creative resilience of the Iraqi people, because if we look beyond the statistics and legal structures, we notice - on the street - a lot of commercial activity and one can imagine what the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship can achieve if it is freed from restrictions Bureaucracy and bribery.

Mr president,

An important aspect of corruption is illicit financial flows: it not only helps to explain why Iraqis continue to wait for roads, hospitals, schools, and legal employment opportunities to exist, but it also contributes to further destabilization, by creating channels for financing organized crime and extremism. Violent.

As for violent extremism, we cannot deny the continuing threat that terrorism poses.

Although ISIS was defeated in the field, in the past two months, it continued its efforts to increase its military operations in the northeast of Diyala Governorate, north of the capital, Baghdad, and in western Iraq.

It goes without saying that ISIS should not be allowed to reorganize and recruit fighters. While constructive negotiations are taking place between the Iraqi government and its allies, following the vote on the parliament’s decision on the presence of foreign forces, Iraq’s allies continue to provide assistance to the Iraqi government and its institutions in combating ISIS.

It is now evident that a powerful country that exclusively reserves the right to use force is better able to confront such multiple security threats. Of course, the equally powerful tool for countering violent extremism is fairness and justice.

Mr. President, Regarding the issue of the need for free, fair and credible elections. While "electoral reform" is considered a top priority for many - widespread and systematic reform and a strong and independent election commission will prove to be critical factors.

In other words, the newly formed Election Commission will need to be more determined to adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, independence and professionalism as it contributes to building the IHEC's institutional capacity and launching electoral technical preparations.

Moreover, in order to establish the electoral roll, there is a need to complete the electoral law. The House of Representatives must work to complete pending and urgent articles in the electoral law, particularly defining electoral districts and distributing seats, in the hope that this measure will make voters closer to the candidates and make the elected representatives more accountable to their constituents.

Let me turn here to the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, and despite the existence of an encouraging initial agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government on oil and revenue sharing, we are still awaiting a long-term and sustainable agreement on this file as well as on security cooperation and Sinjar.

Mr president,

I think we can all agree that the volatile local and regional climate has had an extraordinary impact on Iraq in the past months. To indicate what is clear, the interstate violence that we witnessed and which was reflected in all parts of Iraq earlier this year was a clear and significant threat to the country.

The modus operandi and rules of engagement have changed, and the threat of rogue behavior by armed groups with unclear ties has become a constant concern.

In addition to the immediate security threat, this distracts political attention from the urgent, incomplete local matters. But, as I mentioned before, regional security developments should not overshadow local priorities.

The question is whether Iraq will prosper as a place of peace and understanding, or will it suffer as a battleground for outside battles.

Mr president,

I now turn to the issue of missing Kuwaitis, nationals of other countries, and lost Kuwaiti property, including the National Archives.

Hopes were renewed in January, when new human remains were discovered and extracted from a third cemetery in Samawah. Despite the very difficult operational context - the Iraqi Ministry of Defense demonstrated a commendable focus on this important dossier when it led excavation efforts with the assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

I sincerely hope that the DNA identification of these newly discovered human remains, as well as those still being examined in Kuwait, will prove positive and will bring these remains to the families and relatives of those who lost nearly thirty years ago.

The contribution of the members of the Tripartite Commission through the provision and analysis of satellite imagery, and with the support of witness information, proved crucial to determining the locations of Samawah. I would like to invite all members of the Commission to continue their unwavering support for the ongoing efforts of other potential burial sites.

Mr president,

In conclusion, I had intended to end my briefing with words of hopefulness, but continued political stalemate and defection - which leads to more paralysis in the decision-making process, unfortunately, does not give rise to immediate optimism. The country and its people are still being pushed into the unknown.

In addition, the frequent pattern of parliamentary sessions that failed to achieve a quorum is the opposite of what the country needs, especially during the period of acute political crisis. The primary mandate of the elected representative of the people is: to be present, to be calculated among the parliamentarians present, and to vote on decisions.

As I said last time: From this ongoing political crisis, Iraq can emerge more just, stronger, and more confrontational in nature. But again, for that to happen: political leaders will have to act fast and put the country's interest above all else.

The Iraqis must also find strength in diversity and realize that a cohesive society is stronger and more expensive than the sum of its parts.

The process of extinguishing fires - one after another - is not a strategy because it must move from continuous crisis management to sustainable and stable policies and build resilience through broad and deep systemic reform. As is well known: Ultimately, Mr. President, strength at home is a prerequisite for power abroad.

thank you."

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Baghdad - Mawazine News

, Deputy Alia Nassif, on Saturday, called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address the United Nations to replace its envoy, Jenin Blaskhart, who deliberately mislead and absent the facts in her reports that lack credibility, indicating that her latest report offended national forces that condemned violence in all its forms and demanded the dismissal of the government and early elections .

Nassif said, in a statement received by / Mawazine News / a copy of it, that "Blackshart in its latest report to the Security Council deliberately ignored the role of national political forces that condemned violence in all its forms against peaceful demonstrators and the right of the security forces, in addition to its role in calling for early elections to meet the demands of the demonstrators ".

She added, "Blackshart ignored the main factor behind what is happening in Iraq, which is the corruption that takes place with the blessing of America and its allies since the Bremer government until today."

Nassif stressed, "The necessity for the Foreign Ministry to demand that the United Nations replace it and bring a neutral personality close to the customs and traditions of our people and its history is free from abnormalities and drugs that are sold in its country publicly in the shops." 


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Post by Jayzze on Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:44 pm

everyone can hold as many meetings as possible it will not mean a dam thing. Iraq is like a mountain road and you are driving on ice downhill with no brakes they will have two choices soon. the first is back to having there gov  controlled by iran since they got rid of twa and the second choice is having the un putting them back in chap 7 either one will happen in the near future  for Iraq. as some claim I am negative not at all just clear facts and not lies from the gurus
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The UN Security Council holds a session on the situation in Iraq Empty The statement of Mr. Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, First Deputy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which contained some observations on what was stated in the briefing of the United Nations Representative in Iraq, Mrs. Blashardt to the Security Coun

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[size=32]The statement of Mr. Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, First Deputy of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which contained some observations on what was stated in the briefing of the United Nations Representative in Iraq, Mrs. Blashardt to the Security Council on the situation in Iraq[/size]


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We followed with great surprise and regret the implications of briefing the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Mrs. Jenin Hennes-Blashardt, submitted to the Security Council on 3 March 2020, about the situation in the country, because of the report's lack of objectivity in the presentation and jumping on many facts as well as its use of expressions Accusations that do not align with the duties of the United Nations Mission in Iraq and are not consistent with the requirements of full respect for the sovereignty of the country and its leaders in accordance with international law, diplomatic norms and UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution No. 2470 (2019) of May 21, 2019, by which the mandate of the Mission was extended The United Nations to provide assistance to Iraq until 31 May / May 2020.

The report of the Special Representative, instead of focusing on the progress made towards fulfilling all the responsibilities entrusted to the mission, from providing advice and assistance to the government and people of Iraq within the specific areas, advancing comprehensive political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process, planning a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbors, and promoting protection of human rights The human and judicial and legal reform came up with proposals that contradict what was included in the previous briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq submitted at Security Council meeting No. 8606 of 28 August 2019, and contradicts the HUD sustained by the government and parliament and political faculties, to listen to peaceful protesters demands and to strive to achieve and preserve the lives of the demonstrators and securing the requirements of continuing this practice of democracy, preceded by the Prime Minister and the formation of an investigative committee of high-level investigation into the abuses at demonstrators

The Special Representative's report was free from any condemnation of the unfortunate incidents that caused the killing of innocent people as a result of the use of violence by some of the intruders in the movement of protests, the work of cutting roads with burned tires, and preventing professors, students and employees from joining their schools, universities and departments to perform their duties by groups (so-called regiments). Combating permanence), assaulting male and female professors to prevent them from attending school, and the resulting disruption in working hours in schools, universities, and official institutions for more than three months, which weakens the report's neutrality.

The report of the Special Representative also ignored the state of the ongoing political movement and the serious consultations carried out by the political forces in Parliament and the interspersed dialogues and meetings with Iraqi officials conducted by the Special Representative, and the invitation that we sent to the electoral team of the United Nations Mission to attend and actively participate in discussions and hearings of the House of Representatives and its specialized representative committees Concerning a number of laws, including the election laws and the Independent High Electoral Commission, which resulted in a rapid move towards the passage of a new election law in accordance with new reform principles that respond to the demands of the demonstrators and represent the most important It is extremely important to map out this crisis, end the work of the governorate councils, and approve the formation of a new election commission according to new foundations consistent with the aspirations of the people and the requirements of comprehensive reform for all joints of the electoral process and provide guarantees of impartiality, efficiency and integrity, which confirms the existence of serious desire among many political forces , To review and correct

The report of the Special Representative on armed entities operating outside the control of the state has been vague and unspecified, which causes confusion and disregard for what has been achieved in the integration of the PMF factions into the armed forces under state control, which includes many formations that have responded to the aggression of ISIS gangs and made an active contribution In liberating the occupied provinces with the rest of the ranks under the direct leadership of the Prime Minister, which won praise and appreciation in the folds of the previous briefing of the Special Representative on August 28, 2019.

The report equated the orientations of Iraqi political actors, although it became clear after recent positions revealed that there are political parties that consider themselves immune to the impact of the demonstrations because of the geographical dimension; therefore, they are the ones that put great obstacles in front of the Prime Minister-designate and failed as a result the emergence of the first government that is not based To the political quota despite the constructive cooperation of the rest of the blocs. Just as the report was keen to include extensive details of the role of the authorities outside the state; it should have been careful to point to the existence of important distinction between two political groups ... one of which is working seriously to respond to the demands of the demonstrators; The Special Representative's report did not reveal the accuracy in describing the actions of Parliament (with a repeated pattern of failure to achieve a quorum), as the fact that the obstruction and lack of quorum was the result of these parties deliberately pressuring the designated Prime Minister to submit to the logic of quotas.

The mandate of the United Nations Mission in Iraq is in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2470 of 2019, the foremost of which is (the promotion of a comprehensive political dialogue for all and the promotion of reconciliation at the national level and at the local community level); Protests against political reality increase the responsibility and importance of the roles of the UN mission; this may require a correction of the compass of interests and prioritization.

Finally, the report did not refer to the tangible successes on the ground in the march of infrastructure reconstruction in the liberated areas, and the efforts made to secure infrastructure for all of the country's provinces through international agreements that have entered into force.

We call on the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq to be more precise and objective in the subsequent reports and to start preparing them from the highest goal which is the interest of Iraq and its people, full respect for its independence and unity, territorial integrity, stability, prosperity and security, and to make the required efforts to work in coordination with the Government of Iraq to promote and support Facilitating the contributions of the United Nations agencies, funds and programs in achieving the goals set out in Resolution No. 2470 of 2019.

Mr. Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi
, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives,
3/202020


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[size=36]A legal resolution of the controversy over the possibility of access to the suppression of demonstrators to the International Criminal Court[/size]



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Baghdad - Mawazine News

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Henness Blackshart, acknowledged in a report submitted during her briefing before the UN Security Council last Tuesday, the abuses committed against the demonstrators while she spoke about the kidnapping of activists, the continuation of excessive killings and the restriction of freedom of opinion And the media.


During her briefing, Blackshart said that armed groups outside the country prevent the continuation of life in Iraq, and this should not be hidden by political leaders, but rather these groups should be dismantled, calling on the Iraqi parliament to complete the election law legislation in preparation for conducting fair elections.


And on the possibility of accessing the file to the International Criminal Court, said the legal expert, Tariq Harb, "Iraq is not a member of the International Criminal Court, but this does not prevent the filing of complaints with the court on issues related to the Iraqi issue."


Harb added, "The decisions of this court, upon the request or complaint of Iraqi personalities or entities, may result in certain procedures and decisions," explaining that "any file transferred or submitted by the Security Council to the International Criminal Court, the court decisions in it are binding The application, whatever it may be, against any government, political, and other person. "


He pointed out, "The first was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blashardt, during her briefing in the Security Council, to ask the latter to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court, so that any decision issued by the court is binding on Iraq, this is an international decision and not Any country can refrain from its implementation, which is enforceable if it comes at the request of the UN Security Council. "

Baghdad topped the list as the most victimized city in Iraq, followed by Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhi Qar Governorate, then the holy Karbala, Najaf al-Ashraf and Basra, the far south of Iraq, which recorded bloody attacks in the first weeks of the eruption of demonstrations. End 6/6 N



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The President of the Republic discussed with Blackshart the political and health situation in Iraq




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Baghdad / news

Today, Monday, President of the Republic, Barham Salih, received at the Peace Palace in Baghdad the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes Blackshart.

A statement of the Presidency of the Republic received by Al-Akhbariya said, "During the meeting, developments in the general situation and peaceful movement in the country were discussed, and the UN organization was supported by efforts to form a new government that reflects the will of the Iraqis and meets their demands and aspirations for a free and dignified life."

"And ways to enhance coordination and joint cooperation between Iraq and the United Nations were also discussed by assigning the work of state institutions, especially health, to confront the Corona epidemic, as well as consolidating a culture of human rights and ensuring freedom of opinion and expression."







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Legal: The Security Council will impose sanctions on Iraq if demonstrators continue to be hit

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Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:

Legal expert Ali Al-Tamimi warned, on Monday, against the consequences of the security authorities for continuing to suppress the demonstrators, stating that the UN Security Council will impose military and economic sanctions on Iraq in the event that violence against the protesters does not end.

Al-Tamimi said in a statement to "Al-Akhbaria" that "the Security Council relies on gradualism in decisions, as it starts from alerting and warning, then forming committees, preventing travel and the economic blockade, then switching to military sanctions and wills when states do not abide by resolutions in accordance with Articles 38 to 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.

" "If Iraq does not commit, we will be in front of that ... and the violation of human rights is the most dangerous impact on international law and the United Nations Charter, it is the ones that bring down the countries as happened to Iraq before the 2003 resolution 688 and longitude 36 and 32."

He continued, "The deployment of international forces will be by a decision of the United Nations Security Council, as happened in Lebanon in resolutions 425 and 426 of 1978 ... of the 15,000 soldiers who are blue hats."

He pointed out that "the American bill proposed by the American Congress is attached to the American State Department, as this law differs from the American treasury decisions, which is moral, but this law, which will be enacted after 90 days, has an international character and may allow the use of military executive force to remain what it is."



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Political expert: The people's demands will not be fulfilled unless new elections are held under the auspices of the United Nations

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Political and strategic expert, Dhafer Al-Shammari, believes that a demand for a people will not be fulfilled unless new elections are held under the auspices of the United Nations.


Al-Shammari told Al-Ikhbaria that "anyone who thinks that the system of corruption parties that control the decisions of parliament gives the slightest importance to the demonstrations is a delusion."


"The people's demands will only be fulfilled by dissolving parliament and forming an interim government headed by Barham Salih, whose mission is only to write an election law and hold elections under the auspices of the United Nations that reflects a true representation of the people," he added.





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