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Baghdad-Wednesday, 21 October 2009: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed its concern today that the delay in passing the amendments to the 2005 Election Law could considerably disrupt the electoral calendar and preparations for the holding of parliamentary elections.  The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert emphasized that the date of 16 January is crucial as it is still within the limits set by the Constitution. He urged all members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (CoR) to bring together all efforts to make the needed progress and ensure that the democratic process leads to results.

Baghdad, 20 October 2009: The critical and complementary roles of the Iraqi Media Network (IMN), the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) and the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) were the subject of a round table on Monday, 19 October at the United Nations in Baghdad.

Baghdad, 18 October 2009 - The High Level Task Force established to discuss the UNAMI reports on clarification of internal administrative boundaries held recently another meeting with representatives from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government.  The senior advisors to the Iraq Prime Minister and to the President of the Kurdistan Region continue to meet regularly under UNAMI’s auspices in order to address the needs of the residents in the areas being considered.

Baghdad - 11 October 2009 - Today the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Ad Melkert expressed UNAMI’s concerns that with 96 days before the election there remains no clarity on the election law. Mr. Melkert reiterated the United Nations’ support for election preparations and promised continued technical advice to the IHEC in all the essential areas of its activities. He stated that "holding parliamentary elections on 16 January appears to be something that is strongly desired by the people of Iraq, will be a vital milestone for the Iraq\'s democratization process, and called for by the Iraq Constitution".

Baghdad, 16 April 2011 --The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been in close contact with the Iraqi Authorities with regard to the events of 7-8 April in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. Following a monitoring visit to the camp on Wednesday, 13 April, UNAMI met with the Iraqi authorities and shared with them the initial findings, confirming the death of 34 people with dozens injured.

Baghdad-5 September 2009-The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert visited today  Al Salheyah Voter Registration Center (VRUC) number 42 in Baghdad. SRSG Melkert spent almost an hour meeting the Center’s staff to learn the processes and procedures utilized to ensure that all information entered is correct and properly checked and rechecked for any needed changes. He inquired about the challenges faced at the Center in the conduct of its work and the measures employed to alleviate potential problems.

Baghdad-3 September 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for (SRSG) Ad Melkert concluded on Wednesday, 2 September 09 a two day visit to Kurdistan Region of Iraq. During his visit, Mr. Melkert held productive meeting with President Massoud Barzani, Dr. Barham Salih Head of the Kurdistani list, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament and other senior KRG officials on ways to increase UN engagement in the Northern Region. He also met with representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes providing support in the area.

Baghdad 27 August 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert extends his deepest condolences to the family of His Eminence Abdul Aziz Al Hakim as well as to the Iraqi people.

Baghdad-- 16 August 09-The Human Rights Office (HRO) for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), has conducted a four-day training seminar titled Participation of Civil Society Organizations in the UN Universal Periodic Review Process for Iraq (UPR). The seminar, held in Erbil from 2 to 5 August, focused on building the capacities of civil society organizations to monitor and report on human rights in Iraq, to prepare for Iraq\'s first submission to the UPR.

Baghdad-8 August 2009- The Special Representative of the United Nations-Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert strongly condemned the car bombing in the cites of Mosul and Baghdad on Friday which left dozens of innocent civilians dead and injured. Mr. Melkert described the bombings as, “An abhorrent crime targeting worshipers while they prayed and others as they embarked on their mid-Shaaban pilgrimage.”

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