UN Of­fi­cial: Sta­ble Iraq is es­sen­tial for Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani last week re­ceived Mr. Jan Elias­son, Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, ac­com­pa­nied by Mr. Niko­lay Mlade­nov, Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Iraq, and sev­eral UN of­fi­cials.

Mr. Elias­son con­veyed the grat­i­tude of the United Na­tions and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to the Kur­dis­tan peo­ple and their gov­ern­ment for wel­com­ing and host­ing over 1.5 mil­lion in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and refugees. He of­fered his con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s se­cu­rity forces, in­clud­ing the Pesh­merga, who lost their lives in pro­tect­ing civil­ians against ISIS’ ruth­less ag­gres­sion.

The sit­u­a­tion in Kobane and send­ing Pesh­merga forces to the town and KRG’s support against ISIS ag­gres­sion were among the top­ics dis­cussed in the meet­ing.

KRG's role in re­strict­ing and re­duc­ing the threat of ISIS ag­gres­sion in Iraq was also dis­cussed. It was mu­tu­ally ac­knowl­edged that re­solv­ing the ISIS is­sue re­quires not only ef­fec­tive mil­i­tary ef­forts, but also ef­forts that ac­cept and sin­cerely in­vite all Iraqis to par­tic­i­pate in a po­lit­i­cal process that is gen­uinely in­clu­sive.

Elias­son high­lighted the im­por­tance of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s role in the na­tional po­lit­i­cal process as es­sen­tial and ef­fec­tive. He noted that a sta­ble Iraq is also es­sen­tial for Kur­dis­tan.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani reaf­firmed KRG support for Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Abadi’s gov­ern­ment and that he wishes to re­solve all out­stand­ing is­sues through di­a­logue. He thanked the UN for sup­port­ing for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad dur­ing the for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani re­it­er­ated Kur­dis­tan’s re­quire­ments of sub­stan­tial hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary support from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­duce suf­fer­ing of more than 1.5 mil­lion dis­placed peo­ple and to pre­vent fur­ther ISIS’ ag­gres­sions.

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