UN / IRAQ

24-Feb-2022 00:02:21
Briefing the Security Council on recent developments in Iraq, Hennis-Plasschaert said, “the priority should be to urgently agree on a programme of action that –immediately and meaningfully–tackles Iraq’s long list of outstanding domestic business.” UNIFEED
Size
Format
Acquire
N/A
Hi-Res formats
DESCRIPTION
STORY: UN / IRAQ
TRT: 02:21
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 24 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Pan shot, UN Headquarters, exterior

24 FEBRUARY 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):
“Behind the headline debate of a majority vs. consensus government, many Iraqis increasingly wonder whether the national interest is actually ‘front and centre’ in the ongoing negotiations rather than access to resources and power, or how the pie of political appointments and ministries will be carved this time around? Needless to say: the priority should be to urgently agree on a programme of action that –immediately and meaningfully–tackles Iraq’s long list of outstanding domestic business. So, what I am saying is: the elections are over four months behind us, and it is high time to return the spotlight where it deserves to be: on the people of Iraq.
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):
“On February 16, UNAMI facilitated the return (from Kuwait back to Iraq) of the last six human remains that were determined not to be part of the Kuwait or Saudi Arabia lists of missing persons. With this transfer, the identification process of all human remains discovered in Samawah, Muthanna Governorate, in 2019 and 2020 has been concluded. As I’ve stressed before, it is imperative for the Government of Iraq not to lose this momentum, but instead to take advantage of the experience gained so far and thus to move towards the overall conclusion of this important humanitarian file.”
6. Wide shot, Mohammed Hussein Bahr AlUloom sitting
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr AlUloom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Iraq:
“We will not allow terrorism to become an obstacle to the Government’s plans and efforts in various areas, particularly in development, reinforcing security and stability, and social peace. Iraq reiterates its calls to not use its territory as a theatre to settle disputes for political goals or on the pretext of combating terrorism, which would endanger its security and stability.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Briefing the Security Council today (24 Feb) on recent developments in Iraq, Hennis-Plasschaert said, “the priority should be to urgently agree on a programme of action that –immediately and meaningfully–tackles Iraq’s long list of outstanding domestic business.”

Giving an overview of recent developments concerning political appointments and government formation, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said, “the elections are over four months behind us, and it is high time to return the spotlight where it deserves to be: on the people of Iraq.”

On the Baghdad-Erbil relationship, the Special Representative emphasized the importance of a regular, structured, and institutionalized dialogue-with specific timelines-to address the long outstanding issues.

On economics, she said that while the deficit has been reduced and foreign currency reserves have grown, without a durable, structural solution, these results cannot be considered a direct consequence of sustainable strategies.

Regarding environmental challenges, she highlighted that Iraq is acutely vulnerable to the effects of water scarcity due to climate change and reduced inflows from its rivers.

On the issue of missing Kuwaiti property and missing third-party and Kuwaiti nationals, Hennis-Plasschaert said that on 16 February, UNAMI facilitated the return (from Kuwait back to Iraq) of the last six human remains that were determined not to be part of the Kuwait or Saudi Arabia lists of missing persons. With this transfer, the identification process of all human remains discovered in Samawah, Muthanna Governorate, in 2019 and 2020 has been concluded.

She added, “it is imperative for the Government of Iraq not to lose this momentum, but instead to take advantage of the experience gained so far and thus to move towards the overall conclusion of this important humanitarian file.”

The Special Representative also said that the current situation in camps and prisons across the border, hosting many Iraqis in North-eastern Syria, is not sustainable.

The Iraqi ambassador, Mohammed Hussein Bahr AlUloom, said his country would not allow terrorism to become “an obstacle to the Government’s plans and efforts in various areas, particularly in development, reinforcing security and stability, and social peace.”

He reiterated his country’s calls to “not use its territory as a theatre to settle disputes for political goals or on the pretext of combating terrorism, which would endanger its security and stability.”

Bahr AlUloom said Iraq was extremely concerned regarding recent Daesh attacks on prisons in Syria which led to the escape of several of its leaders and members. He called on the international community to strengthen its cooperation in the fight against terrorism, particularly by repatriating citizens currently in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi ambassador said the recent decision by the Turkish parliament to renew the mandate to send troops to Iraq and Syria for an additional two years violates his country’s sovereignty. He said the decision signals Turkey’s desire to ignore Iraq’s constant efforts to dialogue with it on how to deal with the current situation.
Category
Geographic Subjects
Source
Alternate Title
unifeed220224d