By John Lee.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, has concluded a two-day visit to Basra, where he met with the Governor, Dr. Khalaf Abdul-Samad, and with the Director of the Basra office of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), Mr. Hazim Joda.
“This has been a very fruitful visit,” Mr. Kobler said. “I had excellent discussions with the Governor over the UN’s ongoing role in the development of the province, and progress made on Chapter VII. I shared with the Governor that the UN has some ideas on reinvesting part of the compensation money in projects in Iraq,” the SRSG said.
During his visit to the Basra office of IHEC, Mr. Kobler was informed that preparations for the 2013 Governorate Council elections are on track.
Mr. Kobler visited Basra Children’s Hospital as well as a UNICEF accelerated learning programme for juvenile detainees at Basra Central Prison, the first school of its kind in Iraq, which is delivering education and training to help young prisoners adjust to life after their release.
Following his visit to an NGO in Zubayr that works for the rights of black Iraqis, the SRSG reaffirmed that, “UNAMI will continue to advocate for the political participation and right to development for Iraqis from all backgrounds.”