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    United Nations Documentation Regarding Iraq

    11 June 2013


    Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


    The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

    The Secretary-General has been following with concern the unfolding political and security situation in Iraq, including the escalating political tensions and the appalling upsurge of violence that has killed a high number of civilians over the last two months. He expresses his deepest sympathy to the victims and their families and calls upon the Iraqi Government to do its utmost to bring to justice the perpetrators of these atrocious acts. He underscores the pressing need for dialogue between political blocs in order to overcome the current crisis.

    The Secretary-General welcomes all recent dialogue initiatives, including the high-level meeting convened by Sayyed Ammar Al-Hakim and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the Kurdistan Region. He urges all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the momentum of national reconciliation is not lost to those groups that strive to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq.

    The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), to support and assist the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country.

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    For information media • not an official record


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    3 May 2013
    Press Release

    Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
    Biographical Note


    (Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

    Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the new Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.

    Before his appointment, Mr. Alhakim was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations Office in Geneva, representing his country at the Human Rights Council, World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), Conference on Disarmament and other bodies.

    In a political and diplomatic career that spanned many years beginning in 2003, Mr. Alhakim served in several capacities, including, from 2006 to 2010, as Ambassador and Director of several departments, such as the European and Arab Departments, in the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Ministry. As a member of Iraq’s National Assembly, he served on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee, representing his Government at several global conferences between 2005 and 2006. Those included a summit in Tokyo to train Iraqi legislators on drafting the constitution.

    Earlier, in 2003, he represented his delegation at a number of international conferences, including the Arab League Heads of State Summits. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of Telecommunications, and in that time, Acting Minister of Finance during Iraq’s debt relief negotiations. For several years, from 2004 to 2010, he assisted Vice-President Iraq Adel Abdel Mahdi at bilateral meetings.

    Born in July 1952, Mr. Alhakim holds a doctorate degree in management of engineering and telecommunications, a master’s degree in computer information technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and statistics.

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    Ban appoints Kobler as envoy in DR Congo

    Special Representative Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

    10 June 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Martin Kobler of Germany to head the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Mr. Kobler will serve as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative to the country and head the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

    He will succeed Roger Meece of the United States, who will complete his assignment in July.

    Since 2011, Mr. Kobler has been the top UN official in Iraq with the UN Assistance Mission there (UNAMI). He was previously the Deputy Special Representative with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Kobler served for more than 25 years in his country’s foreign service.

    Also today, Mr. Ban appointed Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the new Chairman of his Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

    In welcoming Prince Talal, Mr. Ban lauded his leadership in championing global causes and in supporting inter-cultural dialogue.

    Prince Talal has served as Chairman of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and as a Member of the Board of the South Centre.

    The Advisory Board was established in 2004 to advise Mr. Ban and galvanize action of governments and international organizations to advance the global water and sanitation agenda and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation.

    Water management is also an issue of central importance to Jordan, Mr. Ban said.

    Former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto was designated UNSGAB Chairman in March 2004. He served until his passing in 2006.

    He was followed in December 2006 by Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange of The Netherlands. The Prince of Orange remained Chairman until 30 April this year when he assumed his duties as the King of The Netherlands.

    In addition, Mr. Ban today announced the appointment of Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore, the current Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, as his Special Adviser of the Secretary General for Timor-Leste. Ms. Heyzer will carry out both functions concurrently.

    According to Mr. Ban’s office, Ms. Heyzer will work closely with the Government and with the top UN humanitarian official in the country, as well as UN agencies, funds and programmes in Timor-Lest to support the country’s continuing efforts towards peace building, state-building and inclusive and sustainable development.

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    UN envoy welcomes meeting in Kurdistan between senior Iraqi, Kurdish officials

    The Citadel town of Erbil, capital of Kurdistan, Iraq. UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

    9 June 2013 – The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has welcomed today the first visit to Erbil of Iraq's Premier for a landmark meeting with officials from the country's Kurdish region as “a positive step in the right direction.”

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Martin Kobler, welcomed today's visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and members of his cabinet to Erbil, and his meeting with President of the Kurdistan Region Masud Barzani, according to a press release from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

    UNAMI said that the meeting also included Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and other Kurdish officials. The Iraqi Prime Minister also chaired the first Council of Ministers' meeting held in Erbil.

    “This visit is a positive step in the right direction, which should reflect favorably on the political process,” said Mr. Kobler, who is als0 head of UNAMI.

    “I sincerely hope that successful discussions between the two delegations will help to resolve all outstanding issues between the centre and the region, and will lead to results that will benefit the Iraqi people,” the UN envoy added.

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    21 March 2013
    Security Council

    Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
    Security 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 (documentS/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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    For information media • not an official record


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    United NationsS/2013/154

    Security Council Distr.: General

    12 March 2013

    Original: English 13-25352 (E) 140313


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

    I. Introduction

    1. In paragraph 6 of its resolution 2061 (2012), the Security Council requested me to report to it every four months on the progress made towards the fulfilment of the responsibilities of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

    The current report is the second submitted pursuant to that resolution. It covers key political and security developments as well as regional and international events concerning Iraq and provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq since the issuance of my previous report, dated 16 November 2012

    II. Summary of key political developments pertaining to Iraq

    A. Internal developments

    2. While all members of the national partnership Government continued to stress their goodwill and commitment towards building a peaceful and non-sectarian future for Iraq, political tensions and security incidents intensified during the reporting period.

    In late November, relations between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government deteriorated over the issue of security coordination in the disputed territories, and the protests that erupted in several governorates in late December have presented major challenges for the Government of Iraq ahead of the upcoming governorate council elections.

    3. Relations between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government have been sharply strained by the decision of the Government of Iraq to establish the Dijla (Tigris) Operations Command in the areas of disputed internal boundaries.

    On 16 November, in Tuz Khurmatu, one of the disputed areas in Salah ad-Din Province, the Iraqi army’s attempt to implement an arrest warrant against a Kurdish suspect resulted in the death of 1 civilian and 18 injured. This led to the deployment of additional Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces in Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk.

    On 10 December, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, visited the city of Kirkuk to inspect the Peshmerga forces.


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    4. On 13 December, President Jalal Talabani announced an agreement between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to replace Peshmerga and Iraqi military forces with a local force comprising Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, without a clear timeline for implementation.

    On 17 December, President Talabani suffered a stroke and since 20 December has been convalescing outside of Iraq. His absence has left a leadership gap in the dialogue between the central and regional governments.

    On 26 December, negotiations resumed between the Ministry of Defence and the Peshmerga ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government. In late January, a joint committee began steps towards a mutual withdrawal of troops and implementation of a joint security agreement.

    On 27 January, the committee put on hold all military movements while negotiations continued on the future locations of combined coordination centres or modalities for the withdrawal of troops.

    5. The tense situation in the disputed areas was accompanied by an increase insecurity incidents. Two Turkmen schoolteachers were kidnapped on 17 December,and their bodies were found two days later. The investigation is ongoing.

    On 16 January, the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Patriotic Union in Kirkuk were hit in a suicide attack.

    On 23 January, an attack on a mosque in Tuz Khurmatu led to renewed calls by Turkmen political parties for the establishment of a Turkmen security force.

    On 3 February, coordinated attacks on the police headquarters in Kirkuk resulted in 33 dead and 90 wounded, and on 18 February, multiple explosions in Kirkuk resulted in one death and several injuries.

    6. Kurdistan opposition parties have increasingly alleged that the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan are monopolizing power in the region.

    On 17 January, President Barzani met with a delegation of leaders of the Gorran party, the Kurdistan Islamic Union and the Kurdistan Islamic Group, which proposed to change the presidential system in the Kurdistan Region to a parliamentary system.

    On 30 January, the opposition declined a proposal by the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to join the Regional Government.

    7. On 4 December, the State of Law Coalition suggested reducing the Kurdistan Regional Government’s share of the national budget from 17 per cent to 13 per cent.

    The demand by the Regional Government that Peshmerga salaries be paid by the Government of Iraq has yet to be accepted. In addition, Iraqiya’s demand that some allocations for the Council of Ministers secretariat be diverted into capital investments has stalled the adoption of the budget for 2013.

    There is agreement, however, among the parliamentary blocs to maintain the status quo regarding the Kurdistan Regional Government’s share of the national budget and that a census should serve as a basis for future estimates.

    8. On 20 December, several members of the security detail of Iraqiya Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi were arrested on terrorism charges.

    In response, protests broke out on 23 December in Anbar Province, blocking the main highway to the Syrian Arab Republic and Jordan.

    By 4 January, demonstrations spread to Anbar, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa and Diyala Provinces and in northern Baghdad, while several counter demonstrations were held in the capital and southern governorates, including Karbala, Muthanna, Qadissiyah and Basra Provinces. Those events have increased concern across the political spectrum about the risk of the radicalization of politics along sectarian lines.

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