Posts Tagged ‘UNAMI’

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:25 | | |

(AIN) -Iraq officially demanded the UN Security Council to extend the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq’s mandate (UNAMI) for one year.

Iraq Permanent envoy to the UN, the Ambassador, Mohamed al-Hakim, said during the UNSC session held on last Tuesday to follow up the Secretary General’s report on the UNAMI “I would like to convey the Iraqi government’s request to prolong the UNAMI’s mandate for one year according to the terms adopted in the Security Council’s resolution No.1770 for 2007.” (more…)

UNAMI02/07/2013 | 09:29 PM | World News

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (KUNA) — US Deputy Permanent Representative and Security Council President Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo on Tuesday said that when the Council renews the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) on July 24th, it will “refer” to the new tasks it assigned to the Mission in resolution 2107 regarding the missing Kuwaitis and property. (more…)

Ban recommends UNSC ending UNAMI High Level Coordinator’s mandate
18/06/2013 | 09:39 AM | Kuwait News
UNITED NATIONS, June 18 (KUNA) ­­ Praising Kuwait and Iraq’s rapprochement, the UN Secretary ­General Monday recommended to the Security Council ending the UN High­Level Coordinator mandate for missing Kuwaiti nationals and property.

Secretary General Ban Ki­Moon recommended transferring the issues to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) under Chapter VI, taking into consideration Kuwait’s demands. (more…)

UNAMI07/06/2013 | 08:13 PM | Kuwait News

UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (KUNA) — With the post of Gennady Tarasov, the High-level Coordinator for the missing Kuwaiti nationals and property, being vacant for almost six months, Kuwait expressed readiness to accept Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s proposal to fold those humanitarian issues under the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), but with strings attached.

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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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.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 20:49

Baghdad (AIN) –The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union are going to consider the situation in Iraq during their next meeting that will be held on next Monday.

An EU official stated in a press release on Saturday “The EU received a call from Iraq to participate in reducing the tensions witnessed in the country,” noting that “The EU hopes to play a role that helps in sustaining stability in Iraq and the Ministers will exchange the views but will not issue any specific recommendations at this stage.” (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…)

Date: 2012-10-17 13: 54: 07 Wednesday

Baghdad (newsletter) …Search first Deputy House speaker Qusay Al Souhail, met with a delegation from the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) the formation of the Federation Council and exit Iraq from Chapter VII.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:18
Baghdad (AIN) –Member of the Legal Parliamentary Committee, Latif Mustafa, expressed his support for the participation of the UN in drafting the Oil and Gas law draft to end the disputes over this issue among the blocs. (more…)

UNITED NATIONS, July 20, (KUNA): Iraqi Ambassador to the UN Hamed Al-Bayati late Thursday told the Security Council that his government is “committed” to solving the remaining issues with Kuwait within the framework of the relevant resolutions adopted on the situation between the two countries. “Solving these remaining issues through friendly relations and negotiations is a top priority for us in Iraq,” Al Bayati said in an open meeting by the Council.

“I assure this esteemed Council that there is a positive collaboration and exchange between the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait to settle all the unresolved issues between the two countries” resulting from the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he said.


19 July 2012 – Addressing the Security Council today, the top United Nations envoy in Iraq today highlighted the key role played by the UN Mission in the country, stressing that there is still much to be done to improve the political, economic, and social situation in the Middle Eastern nation.

“UNAMI is needed more than ever to help Iraq complete its transition to a stable and prosperous democracy,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Martin Kobler, told the Council. (more…)

JULY 2012

Expected Council Action
The Council is due to receive the Secretary-General’s report on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and a briefing on its contents and developments in the country from Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNAMI.

The Council seems likely to extend the mandate of UNAMI, which expires on 28 July.

The Council also expects the second report of the Secretary-General on the post-Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) mechanism. At press time it was unclear whether the Council would consider the report in July.


Friday, 20 April 2012 10:45 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) –The UN Assistant Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) welcomed the decision of the Iraqi Parliament over extending the authorization for the Independent High Electoral Commission IHEC for three months.

The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Iraq Martin Kobler appreciated the decision which came on “the right time to avoid a constitutional void that would delay preparations for scheduled elections in the country.” (more…)

SATURDAY, 03 MARCH / MARCH 2012 11:43

Said the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Saturday, that the budget allocated to them for 2012, amounting to $ 172 million, while confirming that this budget covers the tasks for the current year.

Said a spokesman for the UN mission in Iraq is satisfied Achouri for “Twilight News”, “The mission is managed by the United Nations Department for Political Affairs, which manages and funds the operations of the field through the contributions and the contributions assessed on Member States in the periodic budget of the United Nations.” (more…)

He said the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq represents a new phase in the history of Iraq, expressing his belief that this is an opportunity for Iraq’s leaders to show their abilities in steering the country towards a better future,

a press release of the Office of the Secretary-General explained that Ki-moon is closely watching The political situation in Iraq and calls on political leaders to engage in comprehensive and constructive dialogue to resolve differences and build on the achievements made so far in preparing the ground for building a democratic state, stressing the commitment of the United Nations, through its mission UNAMI in assisting the people and the Government of Iraq in efforts to build peace and democracy

12/14/2011 15:05
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Let the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq and United Nations Development Programme, Wednesday, a media campaign in Baghdad to raise awareness about the judicial system in Iraq, under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Programme “Support to the rule of law and justice in Iraq,” which is funded by the European Union, According to a statement of the UNAMI (UNAMI).

The statement has been received by the agency (Voices of Iraq) a copy of it today the media spokesman in the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Abdul Sattar Bayraktar that “This campaign is aimed primarily at marginalized such as the poor, the weak and illiterate, victims of violence to introduce them to the judicial system in Iraq and emphasized that he was able to achieve justice transparent and to help them resolve their differences by going to the courts. ” (more…)

On Tuesday December 6th 2011 This morning, the Security Council will receive a briefing and hold consultations on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The quarterly update report was received prior to November 28th 2011

Please refer to The Currency Newshound Calendar for important Iraq related events LINK

Reach Baghdad tomorrow, Lady Amat Al Aleem Ali Alsoswa] Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in a visit to Iraq for the active United Nations Development Programme.

It is scheduled to be held Alsoswa a press conference on Wednesday at the headquarters of the United Nations Mission to help Iraq [UNAMI] in the Green Zone to talk about its mission.

It is noted that Alsoswa is a citizen of Yemen occupies the post of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations since 2005 and occupies the post of Regional Director of the Office of the Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], and leads the nation Alim Alsoswa through this website eighteen country offices in the Arab countries seeking to strengthen support of national capacities in those countries to eliminate poverty and establish democratic governance and the empowerment of women.


Received, and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on 9/10/2011 Mr. Martin Kobler, the UN Mission for Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq (UNAMI) in the new Iraq, where he presented his congratulations to the new position and wished him success.

Was addressed during the meeting to the various activities undertaken by the UNAMI mission in the framework of its mandate and advice provided by a request from the Iraqi government and its role in helping Iraq to end all outstanding issues in the Security Council.

The Minister and the continuation of contacts and consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UNAMI mission and to achieve this.

He stressed the ministry’s readiness to provide facilities and support to the success of his mission.

UNAMI Statement on the occasion of International Day of Peace
Statement of Mr. Madhu Acharya, Director, Political and Constitutional Affairs, UNAMI

On the occasion of International Day of Peace

21 September 2011
Honorable Minister, distinguished guests, participants
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the United Nations, I commend the Hon. Minister of Human Rights for organizing this event today to celebrate International Day of Peace and inviting us to attend.


08/08/2011 14:50

Erbil, August 8 / August (Rn) – warned a report by the United Nations on the human rights situation in Iraq during the year 2010, that the armed violence and abuse, “silent” of human rights continue to harm large segments of the population.

The report examines issued today by the United Nations Mission to help Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights a range of issues related to human rights, including the impact of armed conflict and violence on civilians, as well as arrests and the rule of law and protection of the rights of certain groups, as covered by this report the situation of political rights in the country, including the right of assembly and expression.


Expected Council Action

The mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), expires on 31 July. The Council is also due to receive the Secretary-General’s regular report on UNAMI in July. The Council seems likely to extend the mission’s mandate. A briefing by Special Representative Ad Melkert is expected.

Key Recent Developments

Ambassador Gennady Tarasov, the high-level coordinator for Iraq/Kuwait missing persons and property, briefed the Council on 22 June. The members of the Council released a press statement the same day welcoming the commitment to full implementation of all Iraqi obligations to Kuwait. The statement also welcomed efforts undertaken in the framework of the technical subcommittee of the Tripartite Commission to develop a functional mechanism for exploratory missions to search for missing persons. (The Tripartite Commission was established under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1991 after the invasion of Kuwait to investigate missing persons. France, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US participate in the commission along with Iraq and Kuwait. The technical subcommittee focuses on practical aspects of the search.)


Currency Newshound Commentary: This is the second report issued by UNAMI and discussed during todays proceedings at the United Nations.  Key points of interest are underlined and/or in bold.

I. Introduction

1. In paragraph 6 of its resolution 1936 (2010), the Security Council requested
the Secretary-General to report to the Council every four months on the progress
made towards the fulfilment of the responsibilities of the United Nations Assistance
Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The present report is the second submitted pursuant to
that resolution.

2. The report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq
since my last report (S/2010/606) of 26 November 2010. It covers key political
developments and regional and international events concerning Iraq, as well as
operational and security matters.