UN / IRAQ

24-Nov-2020 00:02:22
The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert told the Security Council that “serious, resolute measures to address the ongoing financial and economic crisis cannot wait, not for a day. Government, parliament, political parties and others will have to step up to the plate collectively.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / IRAQ
TRT: 2:22
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

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24 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3.SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Let me emphasize: serious, resolute measures to address the ongoing financial and economic crisis cannot wait, not for a day. Government, parliament, political parties and others will have to step up to the plate collectively. With elections looming, I can only hope that urgently needed reforms, including some very painful ones, but these reforms will not be swept under the carpet. This would only worsen Iraq’s situation, and thus fuel social unrest - sooner or later. In other words: I very much hope that political leaders will resist the temptation to use the electoral calendar as a reason not to deliver.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“We must constantly be reminded of the fundamental importance of fighting corruption, while preserving fundamental rights in the process. In other words: any effort to reform Iraq’s economy must be accompanied by improved governance and transparency.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“I wish to underline - yet again - that under all circumstances the elections will be Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led. Indeed, the responsibility for credible elections lies not only with the Iraqi authorities, but with all Iraqi electoral stakeholders, with all political actors and with all Iraqi citizens - who are called upon to play a greater role in the public sphere.”
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9.SOUNDBITE (English) Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations:
“In this regard, and Iraq reiterates its commitment to continue cooperation with the international community for countering terrorism and facilitate the access of humanitarian assistance. Iraq also welcomes all the repatriation efforts of the FTF family members done so far and urges countries to receive their non-convicted citizens. Urgent needs remain for concerted efforts to rehabilitate and intergrade victims of terrorism, especially in the liberated areas.”
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STORYLINE
The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert told the Security Council that “serious, resolute measures to address the ongoing financial and economic crisis cannot wait, not for a day. Government, parliament, political parties and others will have to step up to the plate collectively.”

Addressing Council members via a video link today (24 Nov), Plasschaert said that “with elections looming, I can only hope that urgently needed reforms, including some very painful ones, but these reforms will not be swept under the carpet,” explaining that this would “only worsen Iraq’s situation, and thus fuel social unrest - sooner or later.

She reiterated, “I very much hope that political leaders will resist the temptation to use the electoral calendar as a reason not to deliver.”

Plasschaert also noted, “we must constantly be reminded of the fundamental importance of fighting corruption, while preserving fundamental rights in the process. In other words: any effort to reform Iraq’s economy must be accompanied by improved governance and transparency.”

On the elections, the chief of UNAMI underlined, yet again, that “under all circumstances the elections will be Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led.”

She explained, “Indeed, the responsibility for credible elections lies not only with the Iraqi authorities, but with all Iraqi electoral stakeholders, with all political actors and with all Iraqi citizens - who are called upon to play a greater role in the public sphere.”

Iraqi Ambassador Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom reiterated his country’s commitment to “continue the cooperation with the international community for countering terrorism and facilitate the access of humanitarian assistance.”

He also said that Iraq welcomes “all the repatriation efforts of the FTF family members done so far and urges countries to receive their non-convicted citizens.”

He added, “urgent needs remain for concerted efforts to rehabilitate and intergrade victims of terrorism, especially in the liberated areas.”
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