18:36 - 10-4-2022
Today, Tuesday, the head of the United Nations mission in Iraq, Jenin Plaschaert, confirmed that the political differences in Iraq have affected the citizens because their end cannot be predicted, while noting that the United Nations supports the national dialogue initiative under the auspices of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.
In a speech to the UN Security Council, Plasschaert said, "With regard to the political dialogue and for the dialogue to bear fruit, it is very important that all parties participate in it, and all leaders must bear responsibility, and the United Nations supports the national dialogue initiative under the auspices of Al-Kazemi, and everyone must participate."
She added, "The Iraqis were, throughout the post-election period, hostage to an unpredictable and intolerable situation, which turned into armed clashes, and we can only reiterate the importance of keeping any protest away from violence," noting that "all parties must act responsibly in times of heightened tension.
And she continued, "There are solutions, but only if there is a willingness to reach settlements," explaining that "in the end, it all comes down to the political will and all leaders must take responsibility."
She added that "many Iraqis have lost confidence in the ability of the political class in Iraq to work for the benefit of the country and its people," noting that "the continued failure to address this loss of confidence will only exacerbate Iraq's problems, and rampant corruption is a root and major cause of dysfunction in Iraq." .
Regarding the economic file, she warned that government spending will stop at the end of the year if the budget is not approved.
Regarding the Kurdistan Region, Plasschaert explained that "the political repercussions that result from not holding parliamentary elections for the Kurdistan Region in a timely manner, not dealing with public expectations correctly, and neglecting basic democratic principles, will be expensive and if that happens, it will not be because of not warning about it." .
Regarding the Turkish and Iranian bombardments, Plasschaert pointed out that “in May, I warned that the Turkish and Iranian bombing in the north was going to become the “new normal” in Iraq, and in light of the Iranian attacks that took place last week, I can only repeat what I said, this must stop. Actions".
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