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Observer: Ending The Mission Of The United Nations Office In Iraq Takes Iraq Out Of Chapter Seven

February 7 Information / Baghdad..   On Wednesday, political observer Sabah Al-Ugaili called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani to end the work of the United Nations representation in Iraq, indicating that “if this matter were achieved, it would remove Iraq from Chapter Seven.” Al-Akili told Al-Maalouma,

“The time is right for the Sudanese to ask the Secretary-General of the United Nations to end the work of its representation in Iraq, especially after Plasschaert announced the end of its mission in Iraq.” He added,

“Plasschaert’s request to end its mission and the Chinese representative’s recognition of the existence of a state of political and economic stability in Iraq gives Al-Sudani the opportunity to ask the Secretary-General of the United Nations to end the work of the United Nations office in Iraq, or at least reduce it, and then Iraq will exit Chapter Seven.”

The representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jeanine Plasschaert, had asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations that this was her mission in Iraq during her periodic briefing at the UN Security Council yesterday, Tuesday.

It is noteworthy that Iraq has been subject since 1990 to Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter, which was imposed on it after Saddam’s regime invaded the State of Kuwait in August of the same year.

This clause allows the use of force against Iraq as it constitutes a threat to international security, in addition to freezing large amounts of its financial assets in Iraq. International banks to pay compensation to those affected by the invasion. Ended / 25 ADمراقب:-انهاء-مهمة-مكتب-الامم-المتحدة-في-العراق-يخرج-العراق-م

Plasschaert In Her Last Briefing… Iraqi Division Towards Her… And Accusations Of “Bias”

Thursday, February 8, 2024 10:26 PM  National News Center/Private   The UN representative in Iraq, Jeanine Plasschaert, concludes her work by warning against armed groups and undermining the stability of the country, while criticizing the Kurdistan region authorities for postponing the local elections more than once.

Plasschaert’s speech included romantic phrases at the end of the speech about Iraq, as she expressed “her hope that people from all over the world will one day get to know Iraq,” describing it as: “a country of enormous beauty, a country of rich diversity and culture, where there are many opportunities.” To seize it.”

On the other hand, the opinions of local political observers varied about the performance of the UN official in Iraq, with some describing her as a neutral international observer regarding the political divisions and partisan competition taking place over central authority in Baghdad, while others accused Plasschaert of political bias in favor of one party at the expense of other parties.

The United Nations replaces the mission of the official of the UN mission it represents in developing countries every five years, as the mission has been present in Iraq since 2003, and the presence of UN representatives has continued over the past 20 years, the most notable of which was the presence of former representative Sergio DeMelo, who was killed in a terrorist bombing carried out by Al-Qaeda in 2005 in Baghdad.

The need for real reform

The head of the UNAMI mission, Jeanine Plasschaert, said during a briefing to the Security Council on the situation in Iraq, “The bickering continues between Baghdad and Erbil over financial and budgetary issues.” It is the people who are suffering,” she said, noting at the same time that “the January funding is welcome, but there is an urgent need for a more permanent solution.”

Plasschaert criticized the Kurdistan Regional Government for postponing the region’s elections, saying that “the continued postponement of the elections does not serve the already low levels of confidence, and does not contribute to the stability of Iraq.”

The UN envoy stated that  “the need for sustainable progress, towards real reform, and improving living standards will not decline, as the population of Iraq grows every year, and

while the government’s plans hold the key to meeting these needs, achieving them will become more difficult as the years pass,” stressing by saying, “It has It’s time to work”.

Restrain the militants

Plasschaert reiterated her emphasis on “the importance of creating an enabling environment, and the urgent need to stop attacks from inside or outside Iraq,” stating, “

As we mentioned in the past, this must include curbing armed actors operating outside the control of the state, and the enormous risks cannot be overestimated.” “And the potentially devastating consequences of such actions.” The UNAMI mission official explained,

“In December 2018, I arrived in Baghdad. Now, after five years, it is almost time to say goodbye, and I expect to leave my position at the end of May. It is not easy. For better or worse, Iraq has simply become a part of me, and I can only hope that one day people from all over the world will get to know the real Iraq. It is a country of immense beauty. “A country with rich diversity and culture, where there are many opportunities to seize.”

Regarding Iraq’s participation in the Conference of the Parties (COP28), Plasschaert said,

“This participation resulted in some promising commitments, and the focus must now shift to mitigating the effects and adaptation.” Without moving from promises to action, opportunities may quickly be lost.”

Plasschaert concluded her speech by “praising all Iraqi men and women.” For their sacrifices, strength and deep commitment to building a prosperous, democratic and peaceful Iraq.”

Plasschaert points out risks

On the other hand, some observers believe that Plasschaert’s statements clearly and explicitly indicated the extent of the dangers facing Iraq in light of the ruling political class’ continued “ignorance” of the problems the country is suffering from.

Researcher and academic Aqeel Abbas says, “Farewell speeches are often the most frank, and this is what actually happened with her briefing on Tuesday.”

Abbas added in a press statement, “What the UN envoy spoke about is not new to many specialists and observers, which is that the   poor economic and financial management of the country and the   struggle between political forces will lead the country to collapse.”

Abbas points out that “the situation in Iraq in general is bleak, although there is some relative improvement in certain aspects.”

Criticism of its international role

For their part, other observers criticized the role of the outgoing UN representative in Iraq, describing her role as “biased” with one party at the expense of other parties, a role that does not befit an impartial international observer.

Haider Al-Barzanji, head of the Alwan Center for Studies, says, “Plasschaert tried to interfere in Iraqi internal affairs, and she is an unfair and negative character within the political system, and supports one party at the expense of another,” indicating that “Iraq does not need a United Nations mission at the present time.”“.

He added,  “The presence of missions is when the country is under international guardianship, and we do not need international guardianship,” noting that  “yesterday’s briefing was devoid of reference to the recent targeting by the Americans of the headquarters of the security forces, and  this confirms Plasschaert’s negative performance in her management of the UN mission.” in Baghdad”.

Sudanese To A Lebanese Delegation: The Government Has Placed The Fight Against Corruption At Its Top Priority

February 8 20:27      Information / Baghdad…  Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed on Thursday that the Iraqi government has placed combating corruption at its top priority.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Media Office, received by Al-Maalouma, stated that “ Al-Sudani received the head of the Lebanese National Anti-Corruption Commission, Judge Claude Karam.”

Al-Sudani pointed out that  “the Iraqi government has placed the fight against corruption at the top of its priorities, and has made the cooperation of brotherly and friendly countries with Iraq, on the issue of  recovering stolen and wanted funds, a criterion for successful diplomatic relations with those countries.”

The statement added,  “The meeting witnessed a discussion of requests for

legal assistance and procedures for

extraditing those wanted in corruption cases,

recovering stolen funds,

exchanging information regarding the accused and wanted persons, and

emphasizing the importance of exchanging experiences and techniques that raise the efficiency of workers in the field of combating corruption in the two countries.” Ended 25السوداني-لوفد-لبناني:-الحكومة-وضعت-مكافحة-الفساد-على-رأس-أول

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Points To Ponder on Anxiety about the Future

Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.- Brendan Francis

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.  – Marcus Annaeus Seneca

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.- William Allen White

We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.- John Lancaster Spalding

We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our own hands.- Thomas E. Dewey