Posts Tagged ‘United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq’

11/12/2013 | 03:51 PM | Kuwait News

KUWAIT, Dec 11 (KUNA) — Leaders of the Arab Gulf states welcomed Wednesday Iraq’s compliance with UN resolutions related to border signs’ maintenance, as well as referral of Kuwaiti prisoners, missing persons and property to the UN mission in Iraq.

The leaders also condemned the firing of rockets from the Iraqi territories against Saudi border areas, considering it “unacceptable violation” of the international law and good neighborliness principles. (more…)

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18-10-2013 05:44 PM
Baghdad (news) .. According to the UN mission in Iraq ‘UNAMI’, that 6 million Iraqis are still living below the poverty line of about 33 million people in the country beyond the budget of Finance’s annual $ 100 billion. (more…)

Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:35 | | |

(AIN) –Iraq forwarded a message to the UN Security Council in which it announced setting a legal mechanism to settle the Prisoners of War and missing persons file with Kuwait.

The UNSC had voted unanimously on transferring the pending issues between Iraq and Kuwait on the prisoners and missing persons file as well as the stolen properties of Kuwait to the UN mission in Iraq under the UN Charter’s 6th Chapter after relieving Iraq from the 7th Ch. in last June. (more…)

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…)

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announced a member of a coalition of state law Hassan Sinead, Thursday, for approval by the Council of Representatives on a bill to form a higher committee Iraqi – Kuwaiti.

Sinead said in an e-mail received “Twilight News” copy of “The House of Representatives approved a bill to form a higher committee Iraqi – Kuwaiti to follow up the files between the two countries.”

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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…)

UNemblem28/06/2013 | 12:39 AM | Kuwait News

UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council President Mark Lyall Grant of the UK on Thursday disagreed with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari who told the Council earlier in the day that Iraq has honored “all” its obligations under Chapter VII and that those are now “part of the past.”

“There are, of course, some remaining issues for Iraq. As Mr. Zebari said, there are still compensation payments to be made; My understanding is that there are about USD 11 billion dollars still to be paid, but that will be completed by 2015 or so,” he told a press conference reflecting on the Council’s work during this month, in answer to a question by KUNA. (more…)

Sunday, 30 June 2013 10:40 | | |

(AIN) -Kuwait decided to appoint a senior diplomat at its embassy to Iraq to follow up the file of the Kuwaiti prisoners and missing persons after the former regime’s invasion to Kuwait in 1990.

The UN Security Council voted on last Thursday, on relieving Iraq from the UN Charter’s seventh Chapter. (more…)

Information Minister Salman Al-Hamoud al-Sabah: Iraq did not come out of Chapter VII fully and there are still pending issues, including the issues of the Kuwaiti missing persons and property
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Kuwait – Eastern June 29: The Minister of Kuwaiti media Salman Hamoud morning that the file of compensation owed by Iraq of Kuwait is still under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. (more…)

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 21:40 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) -The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zibari, announced on Thursday “Iraq now is a free country.”

In a press conference held at the UN building in New York after completing the vote on relieving Iraq from the UN sanctions stated in the UN Charter’s 7th Chapter, Zibari said “Iraq restored its normal standing at the international community and will practice its role as any other stable country,” (more…)

UNemblemThe following are excerpts from the UNSC monthly forecast:

Iraq – SG reports on UN compensation fund

Resolution 1956 (2010) of 15 December 2010

Para.6: requests the Secretary-General to provide written reports on an ongoing basis to the
council every six months, with the first report due no later than 1 January 2012, about the United
Nations compensation fund, evaluating the continued compliance with the provisions of
paragraph 21 of resolution 1483 (2003).

The letter dated 21 May 2013 (S/2013/305) is before the Security Council. (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…)

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…)

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:17 | | |

Baghdad (AIN) -The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the upsurge of violence throughout Iraq that has left many dead and injured hundreds over the past week. He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the wounded a speedy recovery.

A statement by the UN Office received by AIN on Wednesday reported “The Secretary-General calls on the Iraqi Security Forces to exert utmost restraint in maintaining law and order, and he calls on the demonstrators to preserve the peaceful nature of their protests. He welcomes the successful meeting between the representatives of the demonstrators, local officials and the Iraqi Security Forces which has defused tensions in Ramadi, Anbar Governorate.” (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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TOP UN ENVOY IN IRAQ TELLS SECURITY COUNCIL POLITICAL STALEMATE, DEMONSTRATIONS,

TERRORIST ACTS COULD FUEL EXISTING CHALLENGES, THREATEN GAINS OF PAST DECADE

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.

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Second report of the Secretary-General pursuant to
paragraph 6 of resolution 2061 (2012) (more…)

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Resolution 2061(2012) of 25 July 2012
Para.6: requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every four months on the progress made towards the fulfilment of all UNAMI’s responsibilities. (more…)

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…)

Fayhaa channel – 01/27/2013 – 11:29 AM

The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon expressed sorrow for the martyrdom and wounding a number of demonstrators in Fallujah, stressing the right of peaceful assembly.

confirmed Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations in a statement received Fayhaa copy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations condemned and strongly the recent wave of terrorist attacks occurred in different parts of Iraq, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of people. (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…)

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Baghdad / WAP / sign the House of Representatives on Sunday, a joint Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations.

The information department of the parliament in a press statement received news agency Baghdad International / WAP / copy on Saturday, said that “the signing of the memorandum will be at the Conference Palace at four o’clock in the afternoon of Sunday, and sponsored by Deputy Speaker Qusay al-Suhail and the presence of a number of political figures and international “, without giving further details.

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12/01/2012 – 7:59 pm

Said Special Envoy of the UN to Iraq Martin Kobler, the restoration of trust between Iraq and Kuwait is essential for progress in the development of their bilateral relations and resolving outstanding issues between them.

gave Kubler report to the UN Security Council on the work of the United Nations Mission to help Iraq (UNAMI) headed by saying: that Iraq renewed earlier this year «its commitment to fulfilling its obligations remaining under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations and improving bilateral relations with Kuwait». (more…)

The State of Kuwait has agreed to convert the remainder of the amount of compensation the financial implications of the former regime’s invasion of Kuwait to investments in a number of provinces, as proclaimed by the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). (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.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 18: 43
Baghdad said the UN Special Representative in Iraq Monday that the Iraqi Parliament passed a law on oil and gas exploration is one of the priorities of the international organization which formed a team to follow up on this file.

The Act is designed to regulate the oil sector in Iraq and establish rules for revenue sharing between the Central Government and the provinces still include Parliament years ago. The Special Representative said Martin Kobler told AFP that “a team from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq working on this file.” (more…)

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…)

Posted 15/07/2012 09:32 AM

Babinaoz (Reuters) – Informed sources said that the UN Security Council will be held on 25 July the current meeting to renew the mandate of the UN mission to help in Iraq (UNAMI) for a full year at the request made by the Iraqi government. (more…)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 14:28

Research and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Policy Planning and bilateral relations in the Foreign Ministry, however, Abawi with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Iraq, Martin Kobler, a representative of the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Stephen Vasil issue of compensation and the file of missing persons and Kuwaiti property and stent border. (more…)