"We reject all forms of destabilization of Iraq, violence and intimidation" [fr]

IRAQ

STATEMENT BY MS. NATHALIE BROADHURST,
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS

TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
(Translation from French)

New York, 23 November 2021

Mr. President,

I would first like to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, for her presentation and I would like to reiterate France’s full support for her mission. I would also like to thank Ms. Amal Kabashi for her testimony and welcome the presence of the representative of Iraq here today.

I would like to commend the United Nations for its mobilization alongside the Iraqi authorities throughout the electoral process, in accordance with the mandate given to them by this Council. The electoral assistance provided by UNAMI considerably strengthened the capacities of the Independent High Electoral Commission, which was able to organize the elections in satisfactory conditions given the many challenges posed by the current political and security context.

France shares the conclusions of the Secretary-General’s report on the October elections: they went well overall, without any major security incidents, and I would like to commend the work of the various observer missions that were present on the ground, in particular those of the United Nations, but also those of the European Union and the Arab League.

Mr. President,

France has followed with the utmost attention the evolution of the security and political situation in recent weeks. It has condemned in the strongest terms the assassination attempt against Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on November 7. This is an extremely worrying development and we reject all forms of destabilization of Iraq, violence and intimidation. Iraq must not fall back into the cycle of violence that it has unfortunately experienced in recent years.

The Security Council has made it clear that any challenge to the election results must be formalized through legal channels. All political parties that wished to contest the results were able to do so with the electoral commission and the commission proceeded to recounts when it deemed it necessary. France calls for appeasement and political dialogue between all components of Iraqi society.

The Iraqi men and women who went to the polls have expressed legitimate aspirations. These must be heard and implemented in order to respond to the desire for reform and democracy expressed by the population in 2019. This will require the formation of an inclusive and representative government, and women, who were elected in large numbers to Parliament, have a full role to play in the next government.

On the security front, the threat posed by Daech is not diminishing and it is essential to continue the fight against terrorism. This is why the international coalition, present at the invitation of the Iraqi authorities, will continue to support them in the fight against Daech. In this respect, we recall the importance of ensuring the protection of diplomatic compounds, but also of the bases that house the coalition forces.

We have seen that Iraq can play a positive role in the region. We applaud the balancing act that has been promoted by the Iraqi government. It has made it possible to initiate a dialogue between the countries of the region. The Baghdad conference, in which the President of the Republic participated, was a great diplomatic success for Iraq on the regional scene. And we encourage the Iraqi government and its successor government to build on this success, to continue to facilitate dialogue between its neighbors. This will contribute to the stability of Iraq and the entire region.

Finally, Mr. President, I would like to commend the continued cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait on the issue of missing Kuwaitis and third country nationals, and the recent progress made in the return of missing Kuwaiti property. We encourage both states to continue their cooperation.

I thank you.

Dernière modification : 03/01/2022

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