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Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative for Iraq, said, “Tragic developments are indisputably the result of the inability of Iraq’s political class to cast the die.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

04 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Tragic developments are indisputably the result of the inability of Iraq’s political class to cast the die.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“The harsh reality is that, to date, intra-Shia strife has not abated, nor have Kurdish parties come closer to agreeing on a presidential candidate.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“After more than two months of paralysis, parliament resumed its sessions last Wednesday, September 28, amid tight (very tight) security measures. These measures, however, did not prevent further incidents, including a number of IDF impacts as well as clashes between protesters and security forces. To be clear: there is zero justification for violence. Yet in this instance again, many were injured, 11 civilians and more than 120 members of the Iraqi Security Forces - all sons of the country.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“And we have not seen the end of it yet. Last night, after three days of rocket attacks, Basra witnessed intense fighting, while smaller incidents were reported in other southern governorates.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Iraq’s political and governance system ignores the needs of the Iraqi people, or even worse, actively works against them. Pervasive corruption is a major root cause of Iraqi dysfunctionality. And frankly, no leader can claim to be shielded from it. Keeping the system “as is” will backfire sooner rather than later.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Monopolizing power breeds instability. That goes for both Iraq as a whole and for the Kurdistan Region.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Turkish and Iranian shelling in the North having become the “new normal” for Iraq. And with last week’s Iranian attacks, I can now only repeat myself. These reckless acts, which have devastating consequences, killing and injuring people, must cease. No neighbour should treat Iraq as its backyard. No neighbour should be allowed to routinely, and with impunity, violate Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Yet it is happening. Time and again.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“The government of Iraq is keen on making Iraq a source of stability in its regional and international environment and contributing to finding sustainable solutions to the regional crisis.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“We call upon the Security Council to reiterate its position towards the Iraqi dossier and to reiterate the sovereignty of Iraq and its territorial integrity by condemning any foreign attack on our land and on our sovereignty by any party and prevented turning Iraq into a scene to settle scores.”
20. Wide shot, end of meeting, Security Council

STORYLINE:
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative for Iraq, said, “Tragic developments are indisputably the result of the inability of Iraq’s political class to cast the die.”

Addressing the Security Council today (4 Oct), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), stated, “The harsh reality is that, to date, intra-Shia strife has not abated, nor have Kurdish parties come closer to agreeing on a presidential candidate.”

She continued, “After more than two months of paralysis, parliament resumed its sessions last Wednesday, September 28, amid tight (very tight) security measures. These measures, however, did not prevent further incidents, including a number of IDF impacts as well as clashes between protesters and security forces.”

In this instance again, according to Hennis-Plasschaert, many were injured, 11 civilians and more than 120 members of the Iraqi Security Forces – “all sons of the country.”

The head of UNAMI emphasized, “And we have not seen the end of it yet. Last night, after three days of rocket attacks, Basra witnessed intense fighting, while smaller incidents were reported in other southern governorates.”

She also said that attempts to push through incremental reform, including in the fight against corruption, have failed so far.

She stated, “Iraq’s political and governance system ignores the needs of the Iraqi people, or even worse, actively works against them. Pervasive corruption is a major root cause of Iraqi dysfunctionality. And frankly, no leader can claim to be shielded from it. Keeping the system “as is” will backfire sooner rather than later.”

Regarding the national elections, UNAMI’s chief said that the Mission could not confirm its ability to assist, as this would depend on a formal request of the Iraqi Government addressed to your Council and subsequent deliberations.

On the topic of the 6th Kurdistan Region parliamentary elections, initially scheduled for the first of October, Hennis-Plasschaert noted that political parties are yet to find common ground.

She added, “Monopolizing power breeds instability. That goes for both Iraq as a whole and for the Kurdistan Region.”

On Turkish and Iranian shelling in the North, “the new normal for Iraq,” she said, “with last week’s Iranian attacks, I can now only repeat myself. These reckless acts, which have devastating consequences, killing and injuring people, must cease. No neighbour should treat Iraq as its backyard. No neighbour should be allowed to routinely, and with impunity, violate Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Yet it is happening. Time and again.”

Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, called upon the Security Council today to reiterate its position towards “the Iraqi dossier and to reiterate the sovereignty of Iraq and its territorial integrity by condemning any foreign attack on our land and on our sovereignty by any party and prevented turning Iraq into a scene to settle scores.”

He also said that his government is keen on making Iraq a source of stability in its regional and international environment and finding sustainable solutions to the regional crisis.
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