Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:48

SRSG Kubiš condemns ISIL’s ongoing terror campaign one year after the fall of Mosul

Baghdad, 10 June 2015  - Since the ISIL took over Mosul a year ago, it has continued to wreak havoc in the lives of millions of Iraqis, through atrocities and crimes, notably against minorities, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, like in Camp Speicher, through the deliberate destruction of Iraqi and humanity’s cultural heritage.  

All that highlights the urgency to ongoing efforts of Iraqi Security Forces, Popular Mobilization Forces, Peshmerga and sons of Sunni tribes supported with increased effectiveness by the International anti ISIL Coalition and other partners to degrade and push back ISIL.  At the same time this also underscores the need for full and timely implementation of the national political accord and the Government program, for a meaningful process of inclusive political dialogue among all components and minorities, for national reconciliation.

“This solemn occasion provides a timely reminder of the need for continued resolve to eliminate the presence of the international terrorist group ISIL”, said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Mr. Jăn Kubiš.  UNAMI reiterates its condemnation of ISIL’s ongoing campaign of murder and destruction, its atrocities and crimes that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as its destruction of cultural heritage”, he added.

“The so called Islamic State is an increasing threat to international peace and security that requires even more effective, resolute and concerted action of the international community, of the countries in the region working together and with Iraq against ISIL”, said Mr. Kubiš.  He paid tribute to the Iraqi victims of ISIL’s violence and to all those fighting on the frontline against the terrorists, and acknowledged the commitment of the international community assisting them with equipment, training and air support.

International cooperation is especially important in addressing the financing of terrorism, border management and foreign terrorist fighters, he said.  He also called for greater support to enable the United Nations to continue to provide the millions of displaced people across Iraq with needed shelter, food, water and other life-saving services.

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is a growing challenge, a true human tragedy.  Over 8.2 million, or every one of four in Iraq, requires humanitarian assistance, including close to 3 million internally displaced people”, SRSG Kubiš continued.  He also praised the host communities for generously hosting and sharing with the displaced and urged the Government to take all steps to alleviate the plight of the IDPs and to create and guarantee conditions for their safe and voluntary return to their homes, liberated from ISIL.

The United Nations in Iraq renews its commitment to continue its work to support the political process, coordinate and facilitate international humanitarian assistance, and assist refugees and internally displaced persons and host communities, as well as safeguard cultural heritage in Iraq.

 

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