UN envoy warns Iraq ‘roads are about to explode’

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UN – The UN special envoy for Iraq warned his political leaders on Tuesday that “the streets are bursting at the seams” due to their stalemate and failure to address many issues, including rocket fire from civilians and armed groups.

After briefing the UN Security Council, Jenin Hennis-Plaschert told several journalists that Iraq and the region could not return to October 2019.

At a time when young people were upset with the Iraqi political elite, they began mass protests, blaming many of the allegations that dealt with bullets, water cannons and tear gas that plunged the country into new instability, just as the war against it had begun. . Islamic State is an extremist group.

In his briefing to the council, Hennis-Plaschart warned that “the notorious aspects of Iraqi political life are repeating themselves in a seemingly endless loop of zero-sum politics.”

More than seven months after the parliamentary elections, he said, “multiple deadlines for forming a government have been missed.”

In late March, powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won the most seats, announced that he was stepping down for 40 days to allow his Iran-backed rivals to form the next government. But no government agreement has been reached yet.

Hennis-Plaschart warned Iraqi political leaders not to hide behind the argument that a government had not been formed, which he said “distracts from what is at stake.”

It not only excuses political stalemate when armed groups “fire rockets with apparent freedom and impunity” and ordinary people suffer, he said, but it also excuses political stalemate when public anger can erupt at any moment.

Haynes-Plaschart said political leaders support dialogue or other rounds of talks. “But are you willing to compromise?” It’s missing the pain, “he said.

“Visit any market and Iraqis will tell you: the national interest, again, takes the back seat for short-sighted consideration of control over the game of wealth and power,” he said.

Hennis-Plaschert said it was time to return the spotlight to the Iraqi people who are demanding adequate services for all people.

They want more, he said, “an end to rampant corruption, partisanship and plunder of state institutions”, diversification of the economy, an end to impunity, restraint of armed groups and “predictable governance rather than instability crisis management”. “

He sharply criticized the “sad pattern of ad-hoc talks” between the central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, saying that an institutional “measure” was needed to resolve all outstanding issues, including the recent Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ruling. The Kurdistan Region’s 2007 oil and gas law on production, revenue and exports is unconstitutional.

“After being involved with both sides in this matter, I am sure there is a way,” he said.

Hennis-Plaschart called the incoming missiles and rockets “annoying, catastrophic and dangerous.” , About two weeks ago.

UN investigators discussing Sinjar, a region where Islamic State extremists carried out genocide against the Yazidi minority in 2014, Hennis-Plaschert said the area had “become increasingly a breeding ground for both external and internal looters”.

Clashes in recent weeks have forced Sinjar families to pack up and return to Kurdistan, he said.

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