Progress on Iraq’s Disputed Internal Boundaries

Under the auspices of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a meeting was held yesterday, 25 May 2011, by the Standing Consultation Mechanism to advance the resolution of the Disputed Internal Boundaries issues.

Attention was given to the security arrangements in the respective areas. Furthermore the participants discussed ways for expediting the holding of provincial council elections in Kirkuk and for normalizing relations between parties in Ninewa.

The participants reiterated the importance of continued local engagement and expanded participation in resolving outstanding issues.

“UNAMI was pleased by the open discussion and constructive atmosphere and welcomed the commitment of the parties to resolve issues related to the disputed areas”, said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Ad Melkert.

The meeting was facilitated by the SRSG and attended by Dr. Rowsch Shawis, Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Rafe’ Al-Issawi, Finance Minister and Council of Representatives’ members Mr. Hassan Al-Sunaid and Jaber Al-Jaberi.

(Source: UNAMI)

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