UN envoy to new Iraqi PM: Make swift action to deliver reforms, accountability


The designation of the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi has been welcomed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and calls on the new premier for swift action to deliver substantial reforms and fulfill the rightful demands of the people for justice and accountability.

“Iraq urgently needs to move forward. The prime minister-designate faces a monumental task: rapid Cabinet formation and parliamentary confirmation to press ahead with meaningful reforms addressing popular demands, delivering justice and accountability,” Hennis-Plasschaert said.

She also said that the road ahead for Iraq remains fraught with difficulties and that progress will require that all actors support the work of the prime minister-designate in the service of the people of Iraq.

Hennis-Plasschaert characterized as encouraging the commitments expressed in the statement of the prime minister-designate addressing the many demands of the peaceful protesters and that it is surely a welcome and encouraging sign that the Iraqi people will ultimately judge their leadership on results and accomplishments.

The United Nations has called time and again on all stakeholders to rise above partisanship and place the national interest first. Now is the time to act. Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert urges to spare no effort in drawing Iraq out of its crisis. The United Nations will continue to support the Iraqi people and their government to build a more peaceful, just and prosperous Iraq. (Source: Relief Web)