Posts Tagged ‘Martin Kobler’

August 02, 2013

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov as his special envoy to Iraq, according to a UN statement.

The UN says more than 1,000 Iraqis — mainly civilians — were killed in sectarian violence in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, as security continues to deteriorate in Iraq amid a steep increase in Sunni Islamist attacks against the Shi’ite-led government. (more…)


Announced the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler that the outstanding issues between Iraq and Kuwait was settled almost, stressing the need to enter the relations between the two countries a new stage (more…)

22/06/2013 14:57:00
Najaf / NINA /–The Special Envoy of the General-Secretary of the U N , Martin Kobler admitted that the situation in Iraq is very difficult, recommending Iraqi political dignitaries for adapt dialogue and be away from violence and reject sectarianism.

Screen Shot 2013-06-19 at 10.07.46 AMSaid the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler that all the special things the seventh item on Iraq ended and that the two governments in Kuwait and Baghdad agreed and achieved what is for the benefit of the two countries.


Kobler said during a press conference held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the provincial council in Basra, in the presence of the President of the Council Khalaf Abdul Samad and was attended by our correspondent, said that “there is a new step between the Iraqi and Kuwaiti governments and local government in Basra has a crucial role in this matter.” (more…)

02-06-2013 05:26 PM

Baghdad (newsletter).The Special Representative welcomed the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, Iraqi political leaders ‘ meeting called by the Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim.

The mission said in a statement received (News Agency) a copy of: the meeting was attended by Vice-President of the Republic khudair Al-khuzai, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Parliament Speaker Osama Al-nujaifi, as well as many political and parliamentary figures and religious. (more…)

30 May 2013 – The intensifying violence in Iraq is “ready to explode” and may re-ignite widespread sectarian strife unless the country’s leaders take immediate action, the top United Nations envoy there warned today amid the latest wave of deadly attacks.

A wave of deadly bombings struck the capital, Baghdad, today, while the governor of Anbar province reportedly escaped an assassination attempt when bombs exploded near his convoy, injuring four of his bodyguards. This follows a number of bombings in Baghdad on Monday that killed more than 50 people. (more…)

Saturday, 01 June 2013 12:18 | | |

More than one thousand Iraqis killed in one month

Baghdad-According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence in May.

The number of civilians killed was 963 (including 181 civilian police) and the number of civilians injured was 2,191 (including 359 civilian police). A further 82 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 206 were injured. (more…)

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Iraq and Kuwait Lieberman, memoranda of understanding on the physical maintenance of the border and build a residential complex in Umm Qasr

Iraq and Kuwait signed on Tuesday two memorandums of understanding on the arrangements for the maintenance of the physical process of the border and finance the construction of a residential complex in the area of ​​Umm Qasr {}. (more…)

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to Kuwait at the head of a high-level delegation to discuss bilateral files between the two countries, and the latest developments in the Arab and regional arenas.

A statement by the Information Office of the Ministry received a site Euphrates copy of it today that “Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari arrived in the State of Kuwait on Monday evening and was greeted at the airport, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah and senior officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait.” (more…)

26-05-2013 06:32 PM

Baghdad (newsletter).Iraq and the United Nations signed on Sunday an agreement to compensate farmers whose farms as a result of the demarcation of the boundary between Iraq and Kuwait. (more…)

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 8.45.15 AMTalks took place between the United Nations and Iraq, on Sunday, about the recent efforts directed from Chapter VII solving the problem of the presence of the “MKO” Iran on Iraqi territory.

A statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, informed the “News of Moscow” it, that “al-Maliki keep getting today, Martin Kobler, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, and discussed with him during the meeting, various domestic issues. (more…)

Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:18 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) -The Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait, Mohamed Hussien Bahr al-Oloum, and the head of the Special Representative of the UN’s Secretary General, Martin Kobler, discussed the efforts exerted to relieve Iraq from the 7th Chapter of the UN Charter. (more…)

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} stressed Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the importance of the role of the United Nations to remove Iraq from the remaining provisions of Chapter VII.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received by the agency {Euphrates News} copy of it on Monday that “Zebari received today representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and discussed with him the latest political developments in the country, and the role of the UN Mission in the provincial elections that took place recently.” (more…)

05/05/2013 | 03:19 PM | Kuwait News
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al­Khalid Al­Hamad Al­Sabah during meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler

KUWAIT, May 5 (KUNA) ­­ Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al­Khalid Al­Hamad Al­ Sabah met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler at Bayan Palace on Sunday on the occasion of his visit to the country. (more…)

Maliki and Barzani during an earlier meeting in Baghdad

Editor: NK 04.28.2013 14:59

Revealed the United Nations in Iraq, on Sunday, that the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani will visit Baghdad tomorrow for a meeting with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to resolve the issues, and while He welcomed at the meeting stressed the need to hasten the parties to reach a definitive solutions to the problems outstanding, including help resolve the current crisis experienced by Iraq, warning that Iraq is at a crossroads. (more…)

Saturday, 13 April 2013 23:40 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) –The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Iraq, Martin Kobler, expressed his satisfaction concerning conducting of the special vote of the elections of provincial councils in a smooth manner, praising the role of the Independent High Electoral Commission.

Kobler reported in statement received by AIN on Saturday “The special vote represented the start of the elections process, ” adding that “The IHEC showed high level of professionalism in this process.” (more…)

Screen Shot 2012-07-21 at 6.59.28 AMKobler of Basra: Iraq will facilitate sacrifice from international sanctions and strengthens its relations with Kuwait

2013/03/28 19: 33

The representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler, Thursday, Iraq approached the exit from Chapter VII, and reaffirmed the Basra governorate conducted visit to familiarize themselves with the work of demarcation “sacrifice of Iraq” will facilitate the removal of international sanctions and give him better relations with its neighbours. (more…)

Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 6:23

Basra’s governor Khalaf Abdul Samad, “that yesterday saw the need to end the border between Iraq and Kuwait to demolish three houses on the border between the two countries in the Umm Qasr area southwest of Basra.”

Said Abdul Samad during a joint press conference this afternoon in Basra with the head of the UN mission in Iraq, Martin Kobler, attended correspondent for Radio tow “The end of file border came after compensation homeowners that have been removed, describing the move task to exit Iraq from Chapter VII.” (more…)

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 12.22.07 PM28/03/2013 | 11:36 PM | Gulf News
BAGHDAD, March 28 (KUNA) ­­ United Nations Secretary­General Ban Ki­moon’s Special Representative for
Iraq Martin Kobler said here Thursday the problem blocking the maintenance of Kuwaiti-­Iraqi frontier signs has
been resolved by the demolition of Iraqi border houses. (more…)

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UNITED NATIONS, March 21 (KUNA) ­­ The UN special Envoy for Iraq Martin Kobler on Thursday said that the “major milestone” for normalizing relations between Iraq and Kuwait will be the “completion of boundary maintenance work,” which “must be done” before the end of this month.

“I have mentioned the progress achieved towards the normalization of relations between Iraq and Kuwait, including through Iraq’s positive steps towards fulfilling its remaining obligations under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. A major milestone in this process will be the completion of boundary maintenance work,” Kobler told the Security Council in an open meeting to discuss the work of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which he heads. (more…)

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 11.01.16 AMSecurity Council
6397th Meeting (AM)



Mission Head Urges Iraqis to Remain Determined, Steadfast in ‘Challenging Time’;
Iraq Describes Government’s Efforts to Meet ‘Legitimate Demands’ of Demonstrators

An ongoing political stalemate, protracted demonstrations, terrorist attacks and strained Arab-Kurdish relations could fuel existing political and security challenges in Iraq, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council this morning, urging the country to remain “determined and steadfast” during a very challenging time.

“Iraqis face a complex set of interrelated problems, among them, the very real potential for a spill-over of violence from Syria,” Martin Kobler, who is also Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said in a briefing that was followed by a statement by Iraq’s representative, Hamid Al Bayati.

Nothing illustrated that risk more than two recent, contrasting events, he said, noting that, on 27 February, an Iraqi Airways flight landed at Kuwait International Airport, which marked an end to a 22-year suspension in commercial air traffic and start of a new chapter Iraq’s relations with Kuwait. A few days later, on 4 March, more than 40 Syrian soldiers and 10 Iraqis were killed inside Iraqi territory, followed by a series of terrorist attacks against civilians. “Such destabilization would add to and fuel the existing political and security challenges facing Iraq, which threaten the achievements of the past decade,” he said.

Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report (document S/2013/154), Mr. Kobler said that since late December, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Iraq’s western provinces had taken to the streets to voice their grievances related to human rights and access to basic services. They felt unprotected, insecure and excluded. In Ramadi, Samarra, Mosul, Falluja, Tikrit and Kirkuk, he had listened to their frustrations, which had grown more critical over time.

The volatility on the streets was also reflected at the political level, he said, as the Sunni bloc al-Iraqiya continued its boycott of Cabinet meetings, which had lasted for almost four months. Political coalitions were weakening. “The political fabric is fraying,” he said. The Government had taken steps to address demonstrators’ demands, including with the formation of the committee, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minster, which had facilitated the release of 3,400 prisoners and reinstated pension payments for 11,000 public sector retirees who were members.

For its part, UNAMI had sought to advance inclusive, direct political dialogue and national reconciliation, he said, offering its good offices as a means of relaying information between the demonstrators and the Government. In such work, UNAMI was an impartial actor and kept an equal distance from all sides in the mediation, convening or witnessing of any negotiated agreement. However, UNAMI was not neutral on human rights. “One case of torture is one too many,” he said, noting that UNAMI had advocated the principle of non-violence, including to the demonstrators. It had urged Iraq to respond immediately to demands that could be met in the short-term. Other demands would require more time for a response.

The demonstrations, ongoing for three months, spoke to the deep distrust among Shia, Sunnis and Kurds, he said, threatening the social bonds that should bring Iraqis together in one united, federal country on the basis of the Constitution. Every ethnic and social group had been targeted by terrorists who sought to “turn the clock back” on Iraq’s nascent stability. From November 2012 through February 2013, terrorism had killed almost 1,300 civilians and 591 Iraqi Security Forces. He called on leaders and religious authorities to “rise as one” to stop the bleeding.

Elsewhere, he described Iraq’s ties with the Kurdistan regional government as “strained”, saying Kirkuk was the flashpoint for Arab-Kurdish relations. To improve the situation, it was crucial to pass the revenue-sharing and hydrocarbon laws. The equitable sharing of Iraq’s immense natural resources was required for rebuilding trust. “We will continue to build trust no matter how difficult it is,” he observed.

Turning to Provincial Council elections, less than a month away, he said he had expressed concern about the Cabinet’s decision to postpone elections in Ninewa and Anbar provinces, due to deteriorating security conditions. He called on Iraq and the Independent High Electoral Commission to ensure that elections would be held as scheduled in all 14 provinces in a secure environment. Despite his efforts, no consensus had been reached to pass the law on holding elections in Kirkuk.

Regionally, Iraq was committed to strengthening relations with its neighbours, he continued, adding that in normalizing ties with Kuwait, a major milestone would be the removal of obstacles along the border, notably three houses in Umm Qasr, which must be done by 31 March. On his 5 March visit to Kuwait, he had sensed a “spirit of optimism”. He also sensed potential for better relations with Saudi Arabia, citing a prisoners’ exchange, the opening of a border crossing and participation of both countries in efforts to combat dust storms.

As for UNAMI’s resettlement programme, he said the urgency of relocating residents outside Iraq was underlined on 9 February, when an attack on Camp Hurriya killed eight residents. “The only durable solution is to relocate the residents outside of Iraq”, he said, welcoming Albania’s decision to accept 210 residents next month and urging others to take similar steps. Despite additional offers, residents of Camp Hurriya continued to boycott relocation interviews with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and he urged them to fully cooperate. The 100 residents at Camp Ashraf refused to join the larger group at Camp Hurriya until the end of property negotiations.

Larger humanitarian efforts focused on Syrian refugees, returnees from Syria and internally displaced persons, he said. Iraq currently hosted nearly 120,000 Syrian nationals. In addition, approximately 80,000 Iraqis had fled from Syria and were now included in the larger group of 1.2 million internally displaced. On the broader human rights situation, he voiced concern about the administration of justice, saying that detainees complained of abuse and torture in prisons under the authority of the Ministry of Interior. He also urged Iraq to consider a moratorium on all executions. Despite such problems, Iraq was making progress in establishing the High Commission for Human Rights, which would serve as a cornerstone of an Iraqi-owned and led system to guarantee human rights protection for all Iraqi citizens.

In closing, he pointed to the urgent problems facing young Iraqis, who were caught amidst a soaring political crisis and largely left to fend for themselves. Youth unemployment was at 23 per cent. “With their potential and passion, they are the future of Iraq,” he said. They would carry forward the stability, security and prosperity that all Iraqis sought to build.

In his remarks, Hamid Al Bayati (Iraq) agreed that his country was witnessing a political stalemate and continued protests in a number of cities. The protesters’ demands included the adoption of the General Amnesty Law, and the Justice and Accountability Law, as well as the release of detainees, especially women. Demonstrations had been infiltrated by terrorists, who aimed to stir sectarian tensions and civil war. Foreign and regional players had been exposed when the flags of the Free Syrian Army and portraits of foreign leaders were displayed.

The protesters’ demands were both legitimate and illegitimate, he said, adding that efforts had been made to respond to them. The Council of Ministers, on 15 January, had approved a number of actions, among them: the extension of the time mentioned in the Justice and Accountability Law relating to the submission of requests to be returned to service or retirement; the acceptance of pension applications for all persons subject to that law; the request from the Judicial Council to permit judges to facilitate the release of female detainees on bail, except in cases where prohibited by law; and the immediate implementation of release decisions on site by the Ministry of Justice. Those procedures led to the realization of the legitimate demands of the demonstrators, including the release of approximately 5,500 detainees.

Regarding the sectarian slogans and calls to terminate the Constitution, he said the Ministry of the Interior had raised the alarm that such language threatened national security. “This language lays the foundation for a culture of hatred, the rejection of others and promotes sectarianism under the pretext of defending the rights of this or that sect,” he said. However, the demonstrations themselves were still peaceful, as was witnessed by the United Nations mission during its visit to Al Anbar in February.

Stressing Iraq’s rejection of violence, extremism and sectarianism, he added: “We have warned several times — including in our last report before this Council — of the effect of the continuation of the Syrian conflict on the instability of the whole region.” The recent murder of Syrian soldiers by terrorists, after they had surrendered to Iraqi authorities, was proof of the link to armed groups and the impact of the Syrian conflict on the stability of the region. Al-Qaida had announced its responsibility for that murder, in collaboration with the Al-Nussra Front terrorist group.

Overall, violence in Iraq was lower than in 2009 to 2011, he said, and much lower than its peak in 2006-2007. Rebel groups, including Al-Qaida, were still active in parts of Iraq. Although sectarian violence was less than in previous years, it was still critical in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salah Al Din, Al Anbar and Diyala. The Government had condemned the attack on Camp Liberty on 9 February, and immediately launched an investigation to uncover the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

As for the political process, he said the Independent Electoral Commission was pressing ahead to hold the provincial council elections, slated for 20 April. In the economic arena, Iraq had curbed inflation, achieved economic growth and increased its oil exports. In 2012 the economy grew by 10 per cent for a second year in a row, and was expected to grow by 13.5 per cent in 2013. Iraq also was working to diversify and create new job opportunities. In December 2012, it ratified the framework agreement for trade and investment with the United States.

“Iraq is making an effort to support the moderate current in the region, encourage dialogue and steer the region away from the dangers of regional interventions,” he asserted, recalling that a settlement had been reached with Kuwait over the Iraqi Airways issue, and that Iraq’s Foreign Minister had visited Kuwait in February aboard an Iraqi Airways plane to inaugurate the first such flight in 23 years. A joint technical team was working on border maintenance, which would pave the way for relations based on mutual respect and common interest, and see Iraq’s exit from the restrictions imposed under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.

“ Iraq today is not the Iraq before 2003,” he stressed, in closing remarks. “Iraq must regain the status it enjoyed before 1990.”

The meeting began at 10:09 a.m. and adjourned at 10:58 a.m.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 18:40 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) -The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, expressed his deep concerns over the decision of postponing the local elections in Anbar and Nineveh provinces. (more…)

Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 10.29.13 AMCounting the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Martin Kobler development of the Iraqi private sector to achieve the common goal of economic growth for the Iraqi government and the United Nations, noting that growth is facing challenges as a result of the country’s dependence on the economy one.

The deputy secretary-general of the United Nations George Posten for Kobler as saying in the first conference of businessmen in Iraq, which was held under the auspices of the office of Mr. Hakim said on Saturday that “the role of the private sector is critical to the economy of Iraq as a partner working for the development of Iraq,” noting that “the UN has attached great interest in recent years in recognition of the key role that the private sector can tell him not to economic development and the increase in the productivity of the country, but also in securing a sustainable future in the future of Iraq. ”


23/01/2013 13:25:00
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Iraqiya, Ibrahim al-Mutlaq asked the House of Representatives to intervene to pressure on the United Nations to replace its representative in Iraq Martin Kobler.

He said in a news conference today 23, Jan: “I call on the House of Representatives to intervene to put pressure on the UN to replace the Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq Martin Kobler immediately as he became a negative factor in Iraq.” (more…)

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:03

NCRI- A Legal advisor participating in anti-Maliki protests in al-Anbar province of Iraq is calling for ouster of the UN special representative in Iraq for his remarks on demands of the Iraqi protesters, al-Baghdad TV reported on Friday.

Mr. Ibrahim al-Assuj, said in an interview with al-Baghdad TV: “I was surprised by Martin Kobler’s remarks.. It was proper him that instead of categorizing the demands of masses of protesters as legal and illegal ones, he would asked the Iraqi Government, Parliament and the High Judicial Council to respect the rights of protestors. These are rights not demands.” (more…)

Search House Speaker Osama Nujaifi with the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Martin Kobler, developments in the political crisis and the file of human rights in Iraq.

Nujaifi called according to a statement by his press office to “respect the rights of demonstrators and speed to meet their demands urgent as rights and demanding legitimate and legal,” calling state commissions problem providing radical and realistic solutions to the crisis and not only partial solutions . (more…)

The time on Thursday, December 17, 2 / January 2013 10:17 | |

Baghdad / Orr News

Political source revealed that scattering Shiite position is what worries the United Nations, which adopts the option of early elections in accordance with the formula 2004, when elections were unified parliament and provincial councils, but the reference refuses to go with this option. (more…)

Posted on 15 January 2013.

By John Lee.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has met with Mr. Martin Kobler, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNAMI) in Iraq.

During the meeting they discussed the mandate of the UN Mission in Iraq and its role in helping Iraq, and the role of the Mission to assist in the upcoming electoral processes. They also discussed the developments in the political situation and the country’s need for a mechanism to launch national dialogue to address the crisis. (more…)

13/01/2013 13:05:00

Najaf / NINA / the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Iraq Martin Kobler said his talks with the Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani expressed UN concern of lack of political parties to sit for dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.

He said, at a news conference after his visit to the Sistani today 13, Jan: “The visit was for dialogue, considering that there are demands on the table, and also there are important issues such as respect for human rights in Iraq.” (more…)

A source in the office of Mr. Ali al-Sistani, Sunday, that the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Martin Kobler of religious reference range of solutions to the current political crisis in Iraq.

The source told “Obelisk”, that “tolerance of religious authority, Ali Ali al-Sistani received Kobler in his office and the meeting lasted for three hours without the presence of any other person to the meeting.” (more…)