Excerpts from the remarks on Iraq by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, on 29 September 2017

We are always offering help to all sides if they need our assistance. The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, UNAMI, wants to act in the best interest of the people of Iraq, including the people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. That is why it will continue our work in all fields, in particular humanitarian affairs, human rights, development and political concerns. The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, confirmed this to the Iraqi Foreign Minister in their meeting yesterday, as well as in his continuing contacts with the leaderships in Baghdad and Erbil, in which he has added that he is available to assist if requested by the sides.

We respect the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq. In this respect, we take full note of the approach of the Government of Iraq. We also appreciate that both the Government of Iraq and the Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have pledged to do their utmost to protect the people of Iraq, including those of the Kurdistan region, and to uphold the interests of the people and not allow any escalation or violations of their well being. We also noticed that both sides have called for calm and restraint. We join them in that call.

In response to a number of questions, Mr. Dujarric said:

We’re obviously concerned at the mounting tensions. Our colleagues in Iraq, led by Ján Kubiš, are in touch, as I’ve said, with the national Government in Baghdad, with the regional government in Erbil, in Kurdistan. We’re continuing to monitor the situation, especially on the humanitarian front. As we know, the Kurdistan region hosts a large number of internally displaced people, and other places of Iraq … they are also present in other places in Iraq, and we hope that these humanitarian operations will not be impacted by any of the developments.

We would not want to see any disruption to our own humanitarian work or to that of the NGOs.

Regardless of political developments, the humanitarian needs of the people who have been displaced by the fighting (against the terrorist Daesh) remains, and those needs to be addressed.

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