Wednesday, 15 June 2011 03:00

UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe Concludes Visit to Iraq

New York-Baghdad, 15 June 2011- The UN\'s top political official and head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Under-Secretary General B. Lynn Pascoe,  visited Iraq from 11-14 June 2011.

During his visit, Mr. Pascoe held meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Erbil as well as with the leadership and staff of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Country Team.


In Baghdad, he met with Prime Minister Nouri-Al-Maliki; Speaker of the Council of Representatives Osama Nujeifi, Deputy Prime Minister Rowsh Shaways; and Foreign Affairs Minister Hushyar Zebari. In Kirkuk, he met with Governor Najm Edin Karim; Deputy Governor Rakan Said and with Kirkuk Provincial Council Chairman Hassan Turan. In Erbil, he met with Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister Dr. Barham Saleh and Minister of Interior Karim.


Throughout his meetings, Mr. Pascoe reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue assisting Iraq and explored with his interlocutors how the United Nations could focus its efforts to better respond to the needs of the Iraqi people. He emphasized the readiness of UNAMI to provide further assistance to help Iraqi stakeholders identify mutually agreeable solutions to pending issues related to the Internally Disputed Boundaries areas. He also stressed the commitment of the UN Country Team to assist Iraq and its people by providing technical advice and expertise, developing joint projects, and addressing human rights, humanitarian and development challenges, in particular in the area of basic services delivery.


“Iraq remains a very high priority on the UN agenda and we will do everything we can to assist this country and its people in securing a better, safer and more prosperous future for all of its people. I commend and salute the Iraqi people for their courage and steadfastness in the face of all attempts to derail Iraq’s progress towards a stable democracy that meets the people’s expectations”, USG Pascoe said.


“It is our duty to help, but solutions to Iraqi problems and challenges have to be home grown ones. They have to be Iraqi solutions and for them to succeed in the long-term, they have to be sought in an inclusive manner, encompassing the full array of Iraqi ethnic, religious and political diversity, and  including civil society, youth and women as full-fledged partners,”  USG Pascoe emphasized at the end of his visit to Iraq.

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