Prime Min­is­ter Barzani meets UN hu­man­i­tar­ian chief

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani last week met with Va­lerie Amos, United Na­tions Un­der-Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs and Emer­gency Re­lief Co­or­di­na­tion, to dis­cuss the needs of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple.

The Un­der-Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral and her ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion present- ed a sum­mary of views and feed­back re­gard­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion and the most im­por­tant is­sues fol­low­ing their visit to camps for Iraq's in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple and Syr­ian refugees. Amos con­veyed the commendation of the United Na­tions and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the ef­forts of the KRG in ac­commo- dat­ing the dis­placed and pro­vid­ing for their needs de­spite limited ca­pac­ity and the mas­sive in­flux of peo­ple.

The del­e­ga­tion dis­cussed a num­ber of is­sues in the camps, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tional and health needs and fears that the num­ber of dis­placed peo­ple and refugees could in­crease. Un­der- Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral Amos re­it­er­ated her call for more as­sis­tance to be pro­vided to the KRG from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, donor coun­tries, and Iraq's Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to bet­ter meet the needs of the dis­placed.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani main­tained that the KRG had opened its doors to dis­placed fam­i­lies and refugees from the be­gin- ning of this cri­sis, de­spite limited ca­pac­ity, and have thus far man­aged to pro­vide for their ba­sic needs with help from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­plained that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and the needs of the dis­placed are well beyond his gov­ern­ment's ca­pac­ity, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the Re­gion faces an eco- nomic cri­sis. This has been caused by the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment's decision to with­hold the KRG's share of the fed­eral bud­get for many months. The Prime Min­is­ter called upon the United Na­tions, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment to ful­fill their hu­man­i­tar­ian re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in as­sist­ing the dis­placed fam­i­lies.

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