UN to Extend Mission in Iraq
The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to extend the United Nations Mission in Iraq for another year. The renewal also called on the Iraqi government and other member states to continue to provide security and logistical support to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Hamid Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations announced the 15-member body extended the mandate of UNAMI for 12 months and expressed intention to renew the mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the government of Iraq.
Hamid Bayati said:
We are pleased that all the demands of the Iraqi government was met in this resolution."
Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, Jan Grauls, told reporters it "was a good day for Iraq".
Jan Grauls said:
"It shows the support of the International community for what they are doing. Of course the challenges remain in the political field (inaudible). There's still a certain number of topics which need to be resolved, but the message which came out now from the Security Council was a message of full support to the Iraqi people."
According to Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, Iraqi politics appears to be improving.
Zalmay Khalilzad said:
" There's also a positive political progress in recent months, such as the return of the Suni alliance back to the government, but of course there is a lot of work to be done."
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