Sunday, 16 May 2010 03:00

UN optimistic about improving relations between the Hadba and the Ninewa Fraternal Lists

Erbil, 16 May 2010 - In follow-up to a series of meetings, and under the auspices of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), talks were held on 15th May between the Hadba and the Ninewa Fraternal Lists on concrete approaches to end the current boycott of the Ninewa Fraternal List to the Provincial Council of Ninewa. The meeting was chaired by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Ad Melkert and attended by delegations led by KRG Minister of Interior Kareem Sinjari  and Ninewa’s Governor Atheel Nujaifi in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Rafae Essawi and KRG President\'s Chief of Staff Fuad Hussein.


As part of a broadly ranging confidence building process, several issues of mutual concern were discussed including the situation of detainees from Ninewa currently held in the Kurdistan Region as well as security arrangements in the province of Ninewa. The meeting was informed about the forthcoming first meeting of a Committee on the protection of minorities in Ninewa. Representatives from both the Hadba and the Fraternal Lists will continue to meet in the coming days in view of enabling the return of the Fraternal List to the provincial administration and council.

Both sides shared a common vision of serving the citizens of Ninewa and contributing to the stability of the Governorate and discussed specific confidence building measures.

In concluding the meeting, SRSG Melkert emphasized that “this meeting proved that both the Hadba and the Fraternal Lists aim at agreements that would serve the interests of all inhabitants of Ninewa”. He added, “I am optimistic that in the foreseeable future specific steps can be announced, based on the expression of constructive engagement by all parties."

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