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UNSC ends Iraq Compensation Commission mandate

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UNITED NATIONS: UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI) confirmed that the Security Council had ended the mandate of the Compensation Commission.
UNAMI mentioned in a tweet, followed by the Iraqi news agency, that” A historic milestone for the people of Iraq today: the UN Security Council ends the Compensation Commission’s mandate over Iraq’s reparations to Kuwait. Iraq is to be commended for its remarkable cooperation in fulfilling its obligations and demonstrating good neighbourliness”.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein announced that Iraq had left Chapter VII mandate, after paying all of its financial obligations, while stressing that Iraq was no longer required to pay any additional sums of money in the future.

Earlier, The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) until 27 May 2022, deciding to provide a strengthened United Nations team in advance of the country’s election, to monitor election day and to continue to assist with the vote.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2576 (2021), the Council requested the Secretary-General to provide a detailed summary report on the electoral process and the Mission’s assistance to it, no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the election.

By other terms, the Council decided that the Mission and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General shall prioritize the provision of advice, support, and assistance to the Government and people of Iraq on advancing inclusive, political dialogue, and national and community-level reconciliation, taking into account civil society input with the full, equal and meaningful participation of women.

Further terms directed the Mission to promote, support, and facilitate, in coordination with the Government of Iraq, the delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance, notably to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and the safe, timely, orderly, voluntary, and dignified return or local integration, as appropriate, of refugees and displaced persons.

The Council had previously decided on 29 May 2020 to extend UNAMI’s mandate for one year through resolution 2522 (2020).

Prior to the adoption, Vassily A Nebenzia (Russian Federation) conducted a short ceremony to hand over a plaque commemorating the use of plexiglass partitions during the COVID-19 lockdown and the return of the Council to in-person meetings in the chamber.

Responding, Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, expressed gratitude to the representative of the Russian Federation, adding that the Organization is committed to the safety of all delegates and staff. The partitions provided by the Russian Federation, along with the wearing of masks and other measures, enable the Organization to meet this goal, he said.

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