Press Releases & Statements

Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:00

Task Force on Dialogue Launched

Baghdad-Thursday, 11 June 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura met on Wednesday, 10 June 2009, with senior representatives of the Prime Minister of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The purpose of the meeting, which was held at the United Nations House in Baghdad was to launch the Task Force on Dialogue for follow-up to the UNAMI reports. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 16 June, and thereafter on a weekly basis under UN auspices. In his report to the UN Security Council released earlier this week in New York, Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon expressed his support for UNAMI\'s efforts to facilitate a political dialogue and assist the parties in finding mutually acceptable solutions. He noted that, "In particular, UNAMI\'s in-depth analytical report on Iraq’s disputed internal boundaries could serve as useful starting point for constructive dialogue. I urge Iraqi leaders use the opportunity to engage in a process to resolve these important issues."

Baghdad-10 June 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura condemned in the strongest terms the car bombing in Nasiriyah on Wednesday  10 June 2009 which left more than 35 people dead and scores of others wounded. Mr. de Mistura described the bombing as, “A cruel crime against innocent civilians that aims to derail Iraq’s stability.”

Baghdad-31 May 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura congratulated the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and people of the Northern Region of Kurdistan (KRG) for completing a successful and peaceful first week of the voter registration update ahead of KRG elections scheduled for 25 July. He noted that eighty nine voter registration update centers successfully opened across KRG and in Baghdad on May 25th. During the first week 40, 476 people visited the centers to verify or correct their information so that they are properly registered to vote.  IHEC reported that 1,109 observers and 650 political agents that visited the eighty nine centers to ensure proper procedures are being followed.

Baghdad-21 May 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura strongly condemned the bombings in Baghdad and Kirkuk on Wednesday, 20 May and Thursday 21 May. Mr. de Mistura described these attacks which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of innocent Iraqi citizens, as “reprehensible crimes that have indiscriminately targeted ordinary Iraqis".”

Baghdad-Thursday, 14 May 2009-Last week UNAMI organized a 4-day visit to Northern Ireland for the members of the Article 23 Committee, as well as some members of the Kirkuk Provincial Council from all the four components, and other senior police officials from Kirkuk.

GENEVA/BAGHDAD, 6 May 2009 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Wednesday expressed their concern at the resumption of the execution of the death penalty in Iraq.

Baghdad - 29 April 2009 - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) issued today its 14th report on the human rights situation in the country covering the period from July to December 2008. The report, produced in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that although the period covered was characterised by further improvements in security, the overall human rights situation in Iraq remains a matter of concern.

Baghdad-24 April 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura strongly condemned the horrific back to back bombings in Baghdad on Thursday, 23 April and Friday, 24 April. Mr. de Mistura described these bombings as, “Terrible crimes, targeting innocent civilians, mainly pilgrims, and many as they waited for food parcels being handed out by the Iraqi Red Crescent.” Mr. de Mistura expressed the United Nations’ concern over the spike in these types of criminal attacks in recent weeks. He also expressed his confidence that the Iraqi people will remain united in their resolve in combating violence. The SRSG extends the United Nations’ sincere condolences to the bereaved families and its wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

Baghdad- 22 April 2009 - Today, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, presented to the Prime Minister and the members of the Presidency Council of Iraq, as well as the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, reports on the disputed internal boundaries of northern Iraq.  This work, which has taken over a year to complete, has been carried out as part of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) contained in Security Council resolutions 1770 and 1830.

Baghdad-6 April 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Staffan de Mistura, strongly condemned the string of bombings that targeted many of Baghdad’s neighborhoods today, killing dozens of innocent civilians and injuring many more including women and children.

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