Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:22

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON IRAQ

“The members of the Security Council condemn the attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Iraq’s Ninewa province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and express their deep concern about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – many of them from vulnerable minority communities, especially Yezidis – displaced by ISIL’s attacks and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.  The members of the Security Council note that these minority communities have lived for hundreds of years in Sinjar and elsewhere in Ninewa Province.  Many of these Iraqis have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped. 

The Secretary-General is alarmed to hear reports today of Islamic State (IS) forces taking over the Iraqi districts of Sinjar and Tal Afar in Ninewa Province, causing the mass displacement of some 200,000 civilians, mostly from the Yezidi community.  He expresses his deepest concern for the safety and security of these civilians.

Baghdad, 3 August 2014 - The United Nations in Iraq has confirmed reports that ISIL and associated armed groups have seized control of nearly all of Sinjar and Tal Afar districts in Ninewa Province, including the oil fields of Ain Zala and Batma, bordering the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Erbil, 25 July 2014 – Reference to some statements recently attributed to the United Nations Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG) Jacqueline Badcock, regarding information that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has allegedly required women in parts of northern Iraq under its control to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the United Nations Humanitarian Community would like to make the following clarification:

Baghdad, 25 July 2014 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, condemns in the strongest terms the recent destruction of the Prophet Jonas tomb and mosque in Mosul, as well as several other historic monuments symbolizing shared history and traditions.

Sulaymaniyah - 23 July, 2014 – The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Dr. Jacqueline Badcock paid a two-day visit to the Sulaymaniyah Governorate, for an assessment mission in the city of Chamchamal, which hosts more than 1.500 displaced families. 

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