Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad - 11 October 2009 - Today the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Ad Melkert expressed UNAMI’s concerns that with 96 days before the election there remains no clarity on the election law. Mr. Melkert reiterated the United Nations’ support for election preparations and promised continued technical advice to the IHEC in all the essential areas of its activities. He stated that "holding parliamentary elections on 16 January appears to be something that is strongly desired by the people of Iraq, will be a vital milestone for the Iraq\'s democratization process, and called for by the Iraq Constitution".

Baghdad-5 September 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert visited today  Al Salheyah Voter Registration Center (VRUC) number 42 in Baghdad. SRSG Melkert spent almost an hour meeting the Center’s staff to learn the processes and procedures utilized to ensure that all information entered is correct and properly checked and rechecked for any needed changes. He inquired about the challenges faced at the Center in the conduct of its work and the measures employed to alleviate potential problems.

Baghdad-3 September 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for (SRSG) Ad Melkert concluded on Wednesday, 2 September 09 a two day visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq. During his visit, Mr. Melkert held productive meeting with President Massoud Barzani, Dr. Barham Salih Head of the Kurdistani list, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament and other senior KRG officials on ways to increase UN engagement in the Northern Region. He also met with representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes providing support in the area.

Baghdad 27 August 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert extends his deepest condolences to the family of His Eminence Abdul Aziz Al Hakim as well as to the Iraqi people.

Baghdad-- 16 August 09-The Human Rights Office (HRO) for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), has conducted a four-day training seminar titled Participation of Civil Society Organizations in the UN Universal Periodic Review Process for Iraq (UPR). The seminar, held in Erbil from 2 to 5 August, focused on building the capacities of civil society organizations to monitor and report on human rights in Iraq, to prepare for Iraq\'s first submission to the UPR.

Baghdad-8 August 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations-Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert strongly condemned the car bombing in the cites of Mosul and Baghdad on Friday which left dozens of innocent civilians dead and injured. Mr. Melkert described the bombings as, “An abhorrent crime targeting worshipers while they prayed and others as they embarked on their mid-Shaaban pilgrimage.”

Baghdad - 4 August 2009- The newly-appointed Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Ad Melkert, outlined his vision for future UN support to Iraq at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today in New York.   The mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is due to be renewed this week.

Baghdad, 13 July 2009 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert expressed his concern at the continued targeting of the Christian minority in Iraq, following yesterday\'s orchestrated bombings that hit several churches in Baghdad and Mosul, killing at least four people, and wounding dozens more, including children.

BAGHDAD, 1 July 2009 – The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) angrily condemned the deadly bomb attack in al-Shourga market in Kirkuk, which killed and injured dozens of innocent people, describing it as yet another attempt to provoke reactions that would lead to sectarian and ethnic conflict, and aimed at undermining the hopes of the Iraqi people for an improvement in their lives.

Baghdad, 25 June 09 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura expressed the United Nations outrage and condemnation of the horrifying bombing in Sadr City on 24 June 2009, and a recent string of bombings and shootings throughout Iraq.

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