Iraq in need of "sustained support"

Ad Melkert

Iraq will need sustained support to face pressing challenges as it rebuilds its government and economy.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Ad Melkert, told the Security Council he is "cautiously optimistic" about the future of the country, but decisive action needs to be taken against the perpetrators of violence.

"Are you optimistic or are you pessimistic?’ has been the question I have been asked most by many.  As we know events tend to shape intents at least as much as the other way around. In most of what I've witnessed in Iraq, there is ground for cautious optimism, provided that determined leadership within the country and a stronger spirit of cooperation in the region with Iraq prevail."

Melkert says Iraq's economy has grown by more than 10 per cent and that foreign investments were also up with $42 billion poured into the country from 2009 to 2010.

It was eight years ago that a coalition of countries invaded Iraq and toppled its former leader, Saddam Hussein.

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Iraq will need sustained support to face pressing challenges – UN

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