UN Envoy: Iraq Is ‘Highly Volatile’ and Leaders Must Talk

5 October, 2022
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UN Envoy: Iraq Is ‘Highly Volatile’ and Leaders Must Talk

The UN special envoy for Iraq warned Tuesday that the situation in the country remains “highly volatile” nearly a year after last October’s elections failed to form a government, saying all sides have made “strategic mistakes” and it’s now time for all Iraqi leaders to hold talks “and pull the country back from the ledge.”


Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the UN Security Council that “with risks of further strife and bloodshed still very tangible, dwelling on who did what when is no longer an option.”


She said “public disillusion is running sky-high,” and too many Iraqis have lost faith in the country’s political class to act in the interests of the country and the people.


Iraq’s leaders must take responsibility and quickly engage in dialogue and put the spotlight on the people’s needs, Hennis-Plasschaert said, warning that “a continued failure to address this loss of faith will only exacerbate Iraq’s problems.”


Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s bloc won the most votes in parliamentary elections last October but he has been unable to form a majority government. His followers stormed the parliament in late July to prevent their rivals from Iran-backed Shiite Coordination Framework from forming a government.


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