Iraq still needs Massive Int’l Support

Crisis-torn Iraq still needs ‘continuous and massive’ international support, Security Council told

With Iraq facing “one of the most difficult phases in its modern history,” the Government, its leadership and, most of all, Iraqis themselves, will need “continuous and massive” support and assistance from the international community, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today.

Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq has faced seemingly daunting and persistent challenges, Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), said, while stressing that nevertheless, there is “hope, opportunities, and notably vision for the way out of the crisis, as expressed in the National Political Agreement.”

“The real issue is its implementation,” he said.

Iraq’s political process is moving forward, but without the needed vigour, he explained. Praising the Government for “many successes,” he warned that the unity behind the creation of the current Government has not yet fully translated into “unity of purpose or action.”

Institutional and legislative reforms remain key to preserving Iraq’s unity, encouraging political reconciliation and to defeating ISIL, Mr. Kubiš explained, regretting that the “absence of consensus” has halted such process.

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