Tag Archives | Martin Kobler

Iraq at a Crossroads

At the end of this month, Martin Kobler will finish his two-year term as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq, and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). While his tenure has not been without controversy — he has, for example, been strongly criticised by some for his handling of […]

UN Calls for Iraqis to Embrace Diversity

On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the United Nations calls on every Iraqi to embrace diversity and engage in dialogue to build bridges between communities and lay the foundation for peace. “Diversity is Iraq’s greatest strength and a symbol of its rich cultural heritage, stretching back through the millennia,” said […]

Date Set for Anbar, Ninewa Elections

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, welcomed the decision of the Council of Ministers today to conduct the Governorate Council elections in Anbar and Ninewa on 20 June. “This new date will give the people of Anbar and Ninewa a chance to choose their local representatives soon. This will […]

Camp Liberty Residents Relocated to Albania

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler, welcomed the relocation of a first group of 14 Camp Liberty residents to Albania. “The residents’ arrival in Albania late last night is an encouraging first step in the relocation of the group of 210 residents the Albanian government has agreed […]

Could Sistani Be Iraq’s Last Hope?

By Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On April 15, 2013, Martin Kobler, Head of the UN mission in Iraq, met with Ali al-Sistani, the highest Shiite authority in Najaf, a meeting which observers described as the most […]

UN Welcomes Return of Kurdistan Ministers

In a personal message to the Kurdistan Region President, Mr. Masud Barzani, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), welcomed Kurdistan Region ministers resuming, as of today, their participation in the Cabinet’s sessions, as well as the return of the Kurdistan Region members of parliament to the […]

UN Welcomes Outcome of Ramadi Meeting

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), welcomed the successful outcome of yesterday’s meeting in Ramadi between the protest leaders, senior governorate officials and military and police commanders. “I respect and greatly appreciate their commitment to seeking a peaceful exit out of the dangerous standoff,” he said. […]

UN Envoy Disappointment at Election Delays

The top United Nations official in Iraq today expressed his disappointment at the Government’s decision to postpone until early July Governorate Council elections in two western provinces, reportedly due to security concerns. Polls in Anbar and Ninewa, set to have taken place along with other provincial elections on 20 April, were pushed back until 4 […]

Kobler Welcomes Peaceful Conduct of Elections

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), congratulates the Iraqi citizens on the peaceful conduct of the Provincial Council elections. He commended the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), for its high level of professionalism in conducting the first elections under its full responsibility, as […]

UN Envoy Supports Greenbelts in Iraq

Speaking at a ministerial meeting on sand and dust-storms in the region, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21 February, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler (pictured), expressed his support for greenbelts in Iraq and proposed the establishment of a regional […]

UN’s Kobler on Sand- and Dust-Storms

SRSG Martin Kobler delivered the following addresss to the Twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya: I feel honoured to be here with you today at this important event. We came here to Nairobi from many different countries to discuss how we can make a difference. We care about the […]

Foreign Minister Receives United Nation’s Kobler

By John Lee. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has met with Mr. Martin Kobler, Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNAMI) in Iraq. During the meeting they discussed the mandate of the UN Mission in Iraq and its role in helping Iraq, and the role of the Mission to assist in the upcoming electoral […]