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UN: IS have not succeeded in dividing the Iraqi people, says UN adviser

2 15.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Security Council, New York
SOT, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Special Adviser and Head of the Untied Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Commented by IS (UNITAD): “Despite the scale, and depravity, and barbarity that were unleashed by IS on innocent civilians, they have not succeeded in dividing the people of Iraq. Rather, the gaps that existed have been narrowed and a great deal of unity has been created that can be, if probably harnessed, be very important not only for the future of Iraq but to the continued fulfillment of UNITAD’s mandate.”
M/S Delegates
SOT, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Commented by IS (UNITAD): “Perhaps the most striking to me at least has been that when I engaged with these victim communities amongst the various components of Iraq, their message is not one seeking revenge, it’s not one seeking reprisal, it is one seeking justice. Justice not just as an abstract, but justice based upon proper solid evidence without hearsay, and gossip but based on evidence that can be presented in a court of law and subjected to challenge, so that independent and impartial judges may make determinations that will stand the test of time.”
M/S Council
SOT, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Commented by IS (UNITAD): “We have understood that the ultimate success of our works will depend on our ability to draw on our independent and impartial status, to harness this unity of purpose, to make our work a product of collective endeavor, between this Council and the people of Iraq.”
M/S Delegates
W/S Council
SOT, Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (Arabic): “We stressed the importance of full coordination and cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Team, and full respect of the sovereignty and jurisdiction of Iraq, and the use of evidence to compliment the investigations conducted by competent Iraq authorities into the crimes committed by IS. Such evidence must be used as part of independent and fair legal proceedings conducted by competent Iraqi courts.”
M/S Delegates
SOT, Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (Arabic): “We urge the international community to support the Team fully and to promote accountability against IS members for their crimes against humanity.”
W/S Council
W/S United Nations Headquarters, New York
SCRIPT
Special adviser and head of the UN investigative team to promote accountability for crimes committed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) Karim Asad Ahmad Khan stated that the militant group had not managed to divide the people of Iraq. He made the comments while speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York, Monday.
"Despite the scale, and depravity, and barbarity that were unleashed by IS on innocent civilians, they have not succeeded in dividing the people of Iraq," he said.
Khan went on to highlight the cooperation of those communities who have helped his team uncover crimes committed by IS in Iraq. "Their message is not one seeking revenge, it’s not one seeking reprisal, it is one seeking justice," he emphasised.
For his part Iraqi Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom stressed the importance of "the use of evidence to compliment the investigations conducted by competent Iraq authorities into the crimes committed by Islamic State."