Sunday, 26 February 2012 03:00

SRSG Kobler Calls for Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons in Iraq

Baghdad, 26 February 2012 -- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, today addressed a High-Level Meeting on Displacement and Durable Solutions in Iraq, which was organized in Baghdad by the Iraqi Ministry of Development and Migration, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). عربي كوردی


The aim of the meeting was to brief the international community on the situation of the more than 1.3 million people who remain displaced in Iraq and discuss the way forward to achieve durable solutions for this population.


“By ensuring that those who fled the cruelty of violence that befell this country in the past years can safely return to their homes – or, where return is not possible, that they are given a free choice of resettling or integrating in a place of their choosing – we help restore their rights,” SRSG Kobler said. “We recognize them as citizens of this country, who are entitled to a life in dignity, like all other Iraqis.”


“Our collective responsibility is to ensure that the displaced are adequately cared for as long as they live in displacement, while measures are being taken to plan for their sustainable return, resettlement and local integration, the three key pillars of a durable solutions strategy,” he added, stressing also that “no durable solution can be achieved without the express consent of those on whose behalf it is being implemented”, the displaced themselves.


Later in the day, Mr. Kobler took part in a media briefing on the same issue, given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration, UNHCR, IOM and UN-Habitat at the offices of the United Nations in Baghdad.

Despite the return of some one million internally displaced Iraqis since 2003, large numbers of individuals continue to be unable or unwilling to return to their places of origin. According to Government statistics, there are still more than 1.3 million "post-2006" displaced, representing more than 220,000 families. Baghdad hosts the largest number, with 328,347 persons, or 57,194 families, registered with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration.

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