A Call for Progress and Stability
During a recent session at the United Nations Security Council, the UK’s Political Coordinator, Fergus Eckersley, underscored Iraq’s evolving role as a pivotal stabilizing force in the Middle East. This assertion was part of a broader discussion on Iraq’s political and economic advancements, as well as its contribution to regional stability.
Commending Iraq’s Progress
Eckersley began by commending Iraq for its strides in various political and economic domains, applauding the efforts of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) in facilitating this progress. The UK looks forward to further discussions on the Strategic Review of UNAMI, emphasizing the importance of aligning its future objectives with the needs of Iraq as a sovereign state.
Addressing Regional Stability
The UK dedicated a significant portion of its statement to Iraq’s potential role as a stabilizing agent within the Middle East. However, concerns arose about Iranian proxies potentially using Iraqi territory to destabilize the region.
The UK expressed condolences for the lives lost in the recent strike on Erbil and called for Iran to de-escalate tensions. The commitment to the Global Coalition against Daesh and the support for a secure and sovereign Iraq were reaffirmed.
Elections and Internal Politics
The UK also lauded Iraq for conducting its first provincial elections in a decade, viewing it as a step towards greater democratic governance. The anticipation of elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq was highlighted, with a call for all parties involved to ensure these elections are free, fair, and timely.
Moreover, the UK voiced hope for a resolution on budget allocations between Baghdad and Erbil, urging political parties to contribute constructively towards this goal.
Supporting the Resolution of Long-standing Issues
Eckersley welcomed updates regarding the ongoing efforts to address the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals, as well as missing Kuwaiti property. The UK reaffirmed its support for the Tripartite Commission’s work, encouraging further progress in resolving these long-standing issues.
A Farewell to the Special Representative
In conclusion, the UK’s representative took a moment to commend the Special Representative for her exceptional service in Iraq since 2018. The UK echoed her hopeful vision for Iraq’s future, emphasizing the potential for a stable and prosperous nation.