UN Chief calls on politicians in Iraqi parliament for dialogue, partnership

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim, and Islamic Development Bank head Ahmad Al-Madani
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim, and Islamic Development Bank head Ahmad Al-Madani

BAGHDAD, March 26 (KUNA) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon delivered a speech in the Iraqi Parliament on Saturday, calling all political blocs for dialogue and partnership regarding main issues related to their country.
During a parliament session attended by 267 lawmakers, the UN chief called on all political leaders to continue exerting of efforts toward a unified vision and achieve national reconciliation in Iraq.
Ban also called for ending the dispute in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, dialogue on economic cooperation and fair distribution of energy, equal distribution of revenues, and to continue the successful joint security efforts against the so-called IS.
The UN chief also called for confronting IS through security operations based on international law and human rights, noting on recent reports regarding illegal arrests, killing, and destruction of properties in liberated territories.
Ban added that IS will not be defeated through military means only, but also through benefiting from division inside IS, and people’s calls for being overlooked, stressing that Iraqis will only succeed if they dealt with all these issues.
The UN leader called on lawmakers to regain the people’s trust and establish good governance, including providing the basic services needed to liberated areas from IS as soon as possible.
Earlier, the UN underscored its unequivocal support of Iraq in its fight against terrorism while the World Bank offered USD 250 million to the Arab country to rehabilitate territories freed from the grip of IS.
This came out at a joint press conference which brought together Ban, World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim, and Islamic Development Bank head Ahmad Al-Madani along with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi. (pickup previous) ahh.mb