UN official: Although the past decades of turmoil still affect present Iraq

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The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Thursday that although the country is on its way to recovery, it still faces challenges.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the United Nations Security Council that these challenges include “corruption, divisions, impunity and unjustified interference in the functions of the state, and armed actors operating outside the control of the state – which the government is working to address – continue to represent major obstacles.” “It must be overcome.”

These statements came in the UN official’s briefing to the Security Council via video, Thursday, as she prepares to leave her post later this May, as the Iraqi government, last week, asked the United Nations to end its mission by the end of 2025, which is the latest in a series of International bodies operating in the country, which Iraq sought to end.

After briefing Hennis-Plasschaert, the Iraqi Ambassador, Abbas Kadhim Obaid Al-Fatlawi, confirmed the Iraqi government’s request to end the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq by December 31, 2025, calling for it to focus in the remainder of the current year on its work, the files of economic reform, service provision, and sustainable development. Climate change and other development issues. It must work to complete its liquidation and achieve a responsible and complete withdrawal by 2025.”

For her part, Hennes-Plasschaert added that Iraq “is dealing with the legacy of the past and the many challenges of the present,” warning that “nothing is irreversible.”

“While the country has teetered on the edge several times, it has found a way to step back from the brink, to continue its journey forward,” she said, expressing hope.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) was established in 2003, pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution No. 1500, following the American invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The mission has carried out its duties since then, and its role expanded significantly in 2007 under Resolution 1770, It has since been extended on an annual basis.

The mission was assigned a number of tasks, including facilitating dialogue between different groups, assisting with election logistics, human rights monitoring, and coordinating aid in conflict-affected areas.

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