UN Opens Office in Irbil
(Ebru News/AP) The United Nations opened an office in Irbil today, one of the three northern provinces of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq.
UN representative in Iraq Staffan de Mistura attended the opening ceremony in Irbil, some 200 miles north of Baghdad.
Staffan de Mistura, UN representative in Iraq said:
"When there is economic development, when the security situation is in the right direction, the UN can and should be doing more on behalf of the international community. We plan to use this example, if it works and I know it is going to work because we are together planning to make it work."
The opening ceremony was also attended by US officials, UN personnel and Nechirvan Barzani, the Prime Minister of semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.
Barzani lifted a Russian flag together with the Russian Ambassador.
The Iraqi region of Kurdistan is relatively calm compared to other parts of the country.
The US military says attacks across Iraq have fallen to their lowest level since February 2006, attributing this partly to a surge of nearly 30,000 troops earlier this year.
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