8003rd Security Council Meeting: Situation Concerning Iraq

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SIX OFFICIAL 14-Jul-2017 00:04:42
Security Council extends mandate of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, unanimously adopting resolution 2367 (2017) at 8003rd meeting.
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The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) until 31 July 2018, also calling upon that country’s Government to continue providing security and logistical support to the Organization’s presence on the ground.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2367 (2017), the Council also decided that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNAMI would, at the request of the Government of Iraq, continue to pursue their mandate as outlined in resolution 2299 (2016). In so doing, the Council took into account a letter from Iraq’s Foreign Minister to the Secretary-General (document S/2017/518), reaffirming the Mission’s important role, particularly given that Iraqi security forces were about to “rid Iraq of the terrorist gangs of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and to wipe them out once and for all”.

Against that backdrop, the Council expressed its intention to review the mandate in one year or sooner. It called upon the Secretary-General to conduct, by 15 October 2017, an independent external assessment of UNAMI’s structure and staffing, related resources, priorities, and areas in which it enjoyed comparative advantages, in order to ensure the most appropriate configuration of the Mission and the United Nations country team.

Michele J. Sison (United States) said the resolution marked a milestone period in Iraq’s fight against ISIL/Da’esh, noting that its security forces had dealt the group a devastating loss in Mosul. She encouraged UNAMI to reinvigorate its coordination with the Iraqi authorities in protecting internally displaced persons in transit and to hold accountable the perpetrators of atrocities against them. The resolution had a new dimension, she added — the first-ever external review by a third party. That dimension allowed the Secretary-General to consult third parties on how to improve UNAMI’s efficiency, which, she said, should set the gold standard for effectiveness in the field.

The meeting began at 4:46 p.m. and ended at 4:52 p.m.
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