UNAMI Head of Mission: Iraq can be a stabilizing factor in the region

BAGHDAD, Iraq could be a stabilizing factor in the region rather than a battleground for regional conflicts, the Head of the United Nations mission in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, confirmed.

“There are major challenges facing Iraq, but we are committed to providing all kinds of support and assistance,” she said during a special session of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Iraq.

“Iraq can be a stabilizing factor in the region rather than a battlefield for regional conflicts and provide room for regional reconciliation that paves the way for regional security dialogue,” she said. “The Iraqi leadership is communicating with its international and regional counterparts as a reliable and capable partner.”

“It is no secret that the authorities, institutions, mechanisms and systems in Iraq continue to struggle against deep-rooted problems that often impede the implementation of urgent and strong responses from the government to urgent needs such as reconstruction, development and security.”

The UN official addressed the problem of rampant corruption at all levels in Iraq, saying that corruption robbed the funds that had to be spent on public services and put them in the pockets of the corrupt, and it hinders economic activity and development.

She expressed her optimism about the work of the Iraqi government in the fight against corruption, quoting Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as saying that “corruption distorts the image of the state and reputation at the local and global level.”

The Head of the United Nations mission in Iraq said that the change will not happen overnight, so the problem of corruption should be highlighted repeatedly.

Iraq would not achieve its full potential without the active political, social and economic participation of women and young people.

She referred to the organization of the mission and its participation in a number of women and youth activities throughout Iraq, and said that it is important experiences for participants, but stressed the need to translate good intentions into positive action, pointing out that Iraq has not yet appointed a woman as Minister.

On the other hand, the UN official commended the Iraqi leadership for taking important steps towards the enactment of the new law on combating domestic violence. This law will fully protect the legal rights and accommodation needs of all victims of domestic violence. This means all victims, not just women and girls. By a law under the Iraqi constitution, prohibiting all forms of violence and abuse within the family. “

Plasschaert spoke of her recent visit to Sinjar, which Daesh had taken over five years ago and committed grave abuses against the Yazidis.

“In Sinjar, I saw the terrible devastation caused by Daesh five years ago. Unfortunately, much has not changed since the liberation of Sinjar. Many people still live in tents on the roof of the mountain they fled with the beginning of the campaign of terrorism. In August the world will commemorate these horrific events. Five years ago, but not yet a single administration and the deployment of security, which are the basis for the reconstruction of Sinjar, and frankly the continuation of this is a clear injustice, the Iraqi leadership, in Baghdad and Erbil, must act now urgently and decisively. “

Plasschaert expressed her happiness for the Iraqi leadership to continue to communicate with regional and international partners, putting it in the position of reliable partner.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency