KRG del­e­ga­tion par­takes in a round-ta­ble meet­ing with donor coun­tries

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Gov­ern­ment of Iraq, Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) and the United Na­tions agen­cies held a round-ta­ble meet­ing with the donor coun­tries and diplo­mats based in Bagh­dad to ask for support for Iraq's in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDP).

Karim Sin­jari, Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Ali Sindi, Min­is­ter of Plan­ning, and Falah Mustafa, Head of Depart­ment of For­eign Relation rep­re­sented KRG in the meet­ing. The con­fer­ence was chaired by Saleh al-Mut­laq, Iraq's Deputy Prime Min­is­ter for Con­struc­tion and Ser­vices and it was at­tended by Iraq's Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs, Fi­nance, Mi­gra­tion and Dis­place­ment. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UN agen­cies as well as 40 am­bas­sadors were also present.

Deputy Prime Mnis­ter Mut­laq said, "De­te­ri­o­ra­tion of se­cu­rity in Iraq which is mainly caused by the at­tacks of the Is­lamic State has re­sulted in the dis­place­ment of nearly two mil­lion peo­ple.”

He added, "Ad­dress­ing the needs of the IDPs is out of the ca­pac­ity of Iraq. We are fac­ing harsh fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and sharp de­cline of oil price has ex­ac­er­bated the sit­u­a­tion. Iraq is in need of $5 bil­lion to meet the needs of IDPs and their re­turn to their ar­eas.”

Iraq's Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Hoshi­yar Ze­bari, gave an over­view of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis fac­ing Iraq and an­nounced that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has agreed to al­lo­cate $850 mil­lion for the min­istry of mi­gra­tion and dis­place­ment as part of the 215 bud­get.

Ac­cord­ing to the KRG's Min­istry of Plan­ning and the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM), 47 per­cent of all Iraq's 2 mil­lion dis­placed are now in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The rest of the IDPs are spread through­out Iraq hav­ing fled con­flicts in An­bar, Ninewa, Diyala and Salah al-Din gov­er­norates. As peo­ple con­tinue to flee the vi­o­lence, the lat­est count in­di­cates that some 946,266 Iraqis (157,711 fam­i­lies) have sought sanc­tu­ary in the Re­gion since the be­gin­ning of the year. This rep­re­sents an in­crease of 53,526 in­di­vid­u­als since 1 Septem­ber.

KRG min­is­ter of Plan­ning dis­cussed the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing the KRG in ad­dress­ing the needs of IDPs in the Re­gion. He said, “Host­ing of IDPs in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is plac­ing a huge bur­den on the so­cial ser­vices, as well as its fi­nan­cial re­sources, which is be­com­ing un­sus­tain­able.”

"This hu­man­i­tar­ian emer­gency is far from over and with the win­ter months the chal­lenges are be­com­ing greater by the day. The part­ner­ship be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of Iraq, the KRG and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is fun­da­men­tal to ad­dress this acute prob­lem, but this is not enough: fresh funds are now needed to avert this cri­sis from be­com­ing a hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe," said Jac­que­line Bad­cock, the Deputy Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and Res­i­dent and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co­or­di­na­tor for Iraq.

Com­ment­ing on the meet­ing, Min­is­ter Mustafa said, "The large num­ber of IDPs in the Re­gion has stretched the ca­pac­ity of our in­fra­struc­ture and so­cial ser­vices to the limit. This was a good op­por­tu­nity for KRG to be present in Bagh­dad to ad­dress mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to high­light the plight of the IDPs.”

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