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17-Jul-2017 00:02:57
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq said “the historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely challenging.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / IRAQ
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

17 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, United Nations:
“The historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely challenging. Reclaiming the remaining territories, still under Da'esh's control, in other parts of
Ninawa and Anbar Governorates, in Hawija in Kirkuk Governorate, in pockets in other Governorates will not be easy. Moreover, Da'esh's supporters continue their vicious terrorist activities against civilians in Iraq and beyond.”
4. Med shot, Iraqi ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, United Nations:
“Da'esh's ultimate defeat can only be secured through inclusive solutions, addressing the grievances, needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people. National settlement and societal reconciliation are the indispensable parts of a broader comprehensive effort towards achieving long-term unity, stability and prosperity.”
6. Med shot, Senegalese delegate
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, United Nations:
“The absence of meaningful political dialogue could turn a conflict of interests into a different kind of conflict.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, United Nations:
“Of particular concern is the rising popular sentiment in favour of collective punishment of families perceived to be associated with Da'esh. Countrywide, Iraqis perceived to have links with Daesh are being increasingly subjected to evictions, confiscation of homes, and other retribution and revenge measures. UNAMI has recommended that the Prime Minister take urgent steps, within his prerogative, to maintain the rule of law and order, to halt evictions and vindictive acts.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“The Iraqi government gave priority to liberating people before land that is why we gave priority to the safety and protection of civilians. Your esteemed Council knows the great role of the supreme religious authority in Iraq through the fatwa (religious ruling) calling for jihad (struggle) against Da’esh that gave great momentum for the fight against Da’esh’s terrorist gangs and to preserve the territory of Iraq.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Marzooq, Charge' D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“May Iraq live in safety, unity, and strength, prosperous through its economy, stable with its democratic political system. Glory be to all the righteous martyrs that have sacrificed their lives to combat terrorism on behalf of all of humanity.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq said “The historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely challenging.”

Addressing the Security Council today (17 Jul) Ján Kubiš said the liberation operation was marked by an exceptional effort on the part of the liberation forces and their international partners to save and protect the civilian population. On the other hand he said Da'esh terrorists showed absolute disregard for human life and civilization adding that the group booby-trapped and destroyed the Great al-Nouri Mosque and its al-Hadba minaret. Kubiš said reclaiming the remaining territories under Da'esh's control “will not be easy” as the group’s supporters continue their “vicious terrorist activities against civilians in Iraq and beyond.”

Kubiš stressed that “Da'esh's ultimate defeat can only be secured through inclusive solutions, addressing the grievances, needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people.” He called on the Government to do everything possible to give people back their lives in security and dignity to turn the military gains into stability. Kubiš applauded the guidance of the Marja'iya, religious authority, who stressed that Iraqis need to learn from what happened in the years before Da'esh and remedy the country’s longstanding problems. He expressed concern for the “rising popular sentiment in favour of collective punishment of families perceived to be associated with Da'esh” and said the UN mission in the country had recommended that the Prime Minister take “urgent steps, within his prerogative, to maintain the rule of law and order, to halt evictions and vindictive acts.”

Turning to the prospects of an independence referendum in the Kurdish region this September, Kubiš said such an important issue sould not be pursued without a common understanding between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. He urged both parties to enter into negotiations without further delay to urgently find common ground and a roadmap to address this and other critical topics. He noted that the “absence of meaningful political dialogue could turn a conflict of interests into a different kind of conflict.”

Iraqi ambassador Mohammed Marzooq said his Government gave priority to “liberating people before land” which is why it gave priority to the safety and protection of civilians. He said the supreme religious authority in Iraq “through the fatwa (religious ruling) calling for jihad (struggle) against Da’esh gave great momentum for the fight against Da’esh’s terrorist gangs and to preserve the territory of Iraq.” He said Iraqi authorities were working in the liberated areas to return some three million internally displaced people to their homes safely and allow them to return to their normal lives. He said Iraq is a unified and independent country with a democratic federal constitution which respects the rights of all its citizens. He said, “May Iraq live in safety, unity, and strength, prosperous through its economy, stable with its democratic political system. Glory be to all the righteous martyrs that have sacrificed their lives to combat terrorism on behalf of all of humanity.”
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