Iraq needs support to leave violent past behind: UN


United Nations :  Iraq’s democratic transition, weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL needed more international support, ‘lots of time and lots of hard work,’ the top United Nations official in the country said.

In a briefing to the Security Council, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), described the country’s challenges as “manifold”, but pledged the operation’s “continued and strong commitment to assist and support wherever we can.”

She urged the Council to recognise that the ongoing political infighting is a costly obstacle, and a full year after national elections, ministerial appointments have yet to be made to the key posts, including Interior, Defence, Justice and Education.UNI

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