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Stability of Iraq is vital to regional security: UN’s Guterres

By Rudaw 12/7/2018
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I have not forgotten Iraq,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

With the end of major offensives against ISIS, Iraq is now struggling to rebuild war-damaged villages and cities and provide the security and stability needed to help the 2 million Iraqis still displaced return to their homes. 

“The stability of Iraq, the democratic nature of Iraq, the non-sectarian nature of Iraq is, I think, a fundamental contribution for the whole region and for peace and security globally,” said Guterres in answer to a question from Rudaw’s Majeed Gly.  

“I believe all the international community should be fully engaged in supporting Iraq in the process that is now taking place,” he added. 

He would like to see Iraq work its way through the drawn out election process after the disputed May 12 vote and emerge as a nation “with the full capacity to put their resources at the disposal of their own people.”

The World Food Programme estimates that as many as 8.7 million people across Iraq will require some form of humanitarian assistance over the course of 2018 – mainly in Nineveh, Kirkuk, and Anbar provinces. 

In Nineveh’s largest city, Mosul, the extent of the devastation “cannot be underestimated,” according to Amin Awad, UNHCR’s director for the Middle East and North Africa. 

Iraq received pledges of $30 billion dollars for reconstruction in a donor conference in Kuwait earlier this year, falling far short of their $80-$100 billion target. 

 The Iraqi government has dedicated $540 million for reconstruction this year “to bring back stability and the voluntary return of IDPs to the liberated areas,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday. 

The funds will be given to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to administer according to a government plan, Abadi added, in perhaps an unstated acknowledgement of Iraq’s corruption problem. 

Comments

 
UN? | 13/7/2018
I wonder where these clever people are getting their ideas and figures from. I am not sure their ideas and figures are set to fool the people or they are just fooling themselves sitting on hot air on their comfortable seats? Iraq is a failed state whether you like it or not. Iraq is infested with terrorists from Iran and Turkey like a terminally sick person infested with a deadly virus. You cannot rebuild Iraq even if you through 450 zillion dollars while every single organs are connected to a support machines that belongs to so many different powers; if one support machine brave enough to remain connected the others will not. I just wonder how long UN is prepared to run with this deceptive exercise keeping a false and failed state on their political ventilation machine?
Zeki | 16/7/2018
Guterres must be smoking bad Afghan shit. The hole Muslim world was first backstabbed and raped by Turks and since a century by Europe and since the Second World War by the us. All borders are completely bullshit irak has never been a nation but more likely a huge open air jail like all the other scum nations in the Middle East and Africa up to China. Draw the borders correctly or risk human extinction you fat corrupt un moron. No wonder the Americans left this corrupt organization. Almost one billion Muslims are wasting generations of life’s because of pricks like Guterres that impose imperial policy upon people he can’t spell their names nor speak their languages.
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