The United Nations envoy to Iraq will step down at the end of May and says the country is “on a knife’s edge.” News of the Israeli war on Gaza
Janine Hennis-Plascha urges a halt to attacks and “reining in armed actors operating outside state control.”
The head of the United Nations political mission in Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, informed the Security Council that she expects to step down from her position at the end of next May, adding that the country is “on a knife’s edge.”
The former Dutch Defense Minister was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in late 2018. UNAMI aims to promote inclusive political dialogue and help coordinate humanitarian and development aid.
“For Iraq to continue on the path to stability and progress, an enabling environment is necessary. Such an environment requires restraint from all parties.
The Iran-aligned groups, known collectively as the “Axis of Resistance,” have been launching attacks against Israeli and American targets in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, since Israel began its war in Gaza following the Hamas attack on October 7.
Washington responded with attacks in a cycle of escalating violence that Iraqi officials said threatens to reverse progress toward stabilizing the country after decades of conflict.
“While we are of course aware that many authorities and actors are seeking to limit further escalation, it is clear that the situation remains volatile. Iraq – and indeed the wider region – remains on the brink, where the smallest mistake threatens Accounts for starting a big fire.
She said that there is “an urgent need to stop attacks, whether they come from inside or outside Iraq,” and added, “As we have mentioned many times in past years, this must include curbing armed actors operating outside the control of the state.”
The two permanent members of the Security Council are Russia and China The United States was criticized for its recent air strikes On targets in Iraq and Syria.
The two countries accused Washington of raising the risk of regional escalation at a Security Council meeting late Monday evening. Moscow claimed that the American decision to launch the attacks is linked to the upcoming presidential elections next November.
Russia had requested a council meeting after the United States fired dozens of missiles Attacks Against targets allied with Iran in Iraq and Syria. The raids came in the wake of a drone attack on a US base in Jordan Three soldiers were killed.
american air strikes, Which claimed the lives of more than ten peopleMoscow’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said that these attacks, including on civilians, show Washington’s complete disregard for international law. He accused the United States of seeking to drag Middle Eastern powers, including Iran, into a regional conflict.
The United States invaded Iraq and ousted President Saddam Hussein in 2003, precipitating years of insurgency and fighting between Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups.
It withdrew its forces in 2011, but returned thousands after the rise of ISIS to the country three years later.
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