SRSG Visits Northern Region of Kurdistan  [9/18/2007]

Erbil-18 September 2007— On Tuesday, The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ashraf Qazi, concluded a three day farewell visit to the Kurdistan Region.  During his visit, Mr. Qazi held talks with Kurdistan President Massoud Al-Barzani, Kudustan Vice President, Qosrat Rasul Ali, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh, and Head of the Kurdistan Parliament, Adnan Al-Mufti and a number of regional Cabinet members and other officials. The SRSG discussed with his interlocutors the latest political developments in Iraq and the region, and explored with them the possibilities for an expanded UN role in Iraq consistent with UNSCR 1770.

As his tenure in Iraq comes to an end, SRSG Qazi expressed his gratitude to his hosts for the cooperation and courtesy they had shown him and UNAMI during his three years in Iraq. He reiterated UN commitments to Iraq and assured them that his successor, Staffan de Mistura, will carry forward the implementation of UNSCR 1770 in the same spirit of cooperation and consultation. 

SRSG Qazi also visited the Kalawa camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Sulaymaniyah, and listened to the grievances of the camp residents, promising to raise their concerns with the proper national and regional authorities and set in motion available UN programs for the lessening of their hardship.

SRSG Qazi also spoke at the Sulaymaniyah Public Library before a large group of notables. He shared with them the highlights of his experience in Iraq and clarified any misconception around a UN expanded role in the country including responding to issues relating to his tenure in Iraq.