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Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

From the Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, 20 October 2017

Remarks on Iraq made at the noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary General:

“UNHCR and its partners have been helping families who, fearing large scale military clashes, have fled Kirkuk and other disputed areas pre emptively in recent days.

UNHCR and its partners have been providing food, water and shelter to these families.

The agency believes that the majority of these families will return to their homes in the coming days, but also says that there will be groups who are likely to remain uprooted.”

In response to a question, Mr. Haq said: “The Secretary General has been talking about this, and we’ve made comments, including in his name. What I can say about the Secretary General is that he appeals to the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to take coordinated steps to prevent and avoid further clashes, escalation or breakdown of law and order. He calls on the parties to jointly manage the situation and resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution of Iraq.”

Asked about any preparations on the humanitarian side, Mr. Haq said: “Well, as I said earlier, the UN Refugee Agency is trying to deal with the situation of displacement. The Refugee Agency and its partner groups have been providing food, water and shelter to families who have been pre emptively leaving Kirkuk, and beyond that, of course, UNHCR will remain seized of the matter.”