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5950th Meeting (PM)
SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTION 1830 (2008), GRANTING ONE-YEAR MANDATE
EXTENSION TO UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION FOR IRAQ
The Security Council, emphasizing the importance of Iraq’s stability and security for its people, the region and the international community, and reaffirming the importance of the United Nations presence in the country, today extended the mandate of the Organization’s Mission there for another year.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1830 (2008), the Council further decided that the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) should continue to pursue their expanded mandate, in accordance with the request by the Government of Iraq and as stipulated in resolution 1770 (2007).
Recognizing that the security of United Nations personnel was essential for UNAMI to carry out its work, the Council called on the Government of Iraq and other Member States to continue providing security and logistical support to the United Nations presence in the country. In that connection, the 15-member body welcomed Member States’ contributions in providing UNAMI with the financial, logistical and security resources and support it needed to fulfil its mission.
Expressing its intention to review the Mission’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government, the Council requested the Secretary-General to report quarterly on progress made towards fulfilment of all UNAMI’s responsibilities.
Convening at 3:05 p.m., the meeting ended at 3:10 p.m.
The full text of resolution 1830 (2008) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions on Iraq, in particular 1500 (2003) of 14 August 2003, 1546 (2004) of 8 June 2004, 1557 (2004) of 12 August 2004, 1619 (2005) of 11 August 2005, 1700 (2006) of 10 August 2006 and 1770 (2007) of 10 August 2007,
“Reaffirming the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq,
“Emphasizing the importance of the stability and security of Iraq for the people of Iraq, the region and the international community,
“Acknowledging that a democratically elected and constitutionally based Government of Iraq is now in place,
“Welcoming improvements in the security situation in Iraq achieved through concerted political and security efforts and stressing that challenges to security in Iraq still exist and improvements need to be sustained through meaningful political dialogue and national reconciliation,
“Underscoring the need for all communities in Iraq to reject sectarianism, participate in the political process and an inclusive political dialogue, reach a comprehensive solution on the distribution of resources, and work towards national reconciliation for the sake of Iraq’s political stability and unity,
“Reaffirming the importance of the United Nations, in particular the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in supporting the efforts of the Iraqi people and Government to strengthen institutions for representative government, promote political dialogue and national reconciliation, engage neighbouring countries, assist vulnerable groups, including refugees and internally displaced persons, and promote the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform,
“Expressing concern for human rights challenges in Iraq and stressing the importance of addressing these challenges,
“Expressing concern also for the humanitarian issues confronting the Iraqi people and stressing the need for a coordinated response and adequate resources to address these issues,
“Underscoring the sovereignty of the Government of Iraq, reaffirming that all parties should continue to take all feasible steps and develop modalities to ensure the protection of affected civilians, including children, and should create conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced persons, welcoming new commitments of the Government of Iraq for the relief of internally displaced persons, encouraging continued efforts for internally displaced persons and refugees and noting the important role of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, based on its mandate, in providing advice and support to the Government of Iraq, in coordination with UNAMI,
“Urging all those concerned as set forth in international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Regulations, to allow full unimpeded access by humanitarian personnel to all people in need of assistance, and to make available, as far as possible, all necessary facilities for their operations, and to promote the safety, security and freedom of movement of humanitarian personnel and United Nations and its associated personnel and their assets,
“Welcoming the Secretary-General’s appointment on 11 September 2007 of a new Special Representative for Iraq and recognizing the expanded role given to him and UNAMI as established in resolution 1770 (2007) of 10 August 2007,
“Acknowledging the important roles played by the United Nations and the Government of Iraq in the First Anniversary Ministerial Review of the International Compact with Iraq, held in Stockholm on 29 May 2008, as well as in the Expanded Neighbours Conference held in Kuwait on 22 April 2008, its working groups and its ad hoc support mechanism, and underscoring the importance of continued regional and international support for Iraq’s development,
“Welcoming the Government of Iraq’s decision to allocate a parcel of land in Baghdad to the UN for its new integrated headquarters, and urging the Government of Iraq to fulfil its commitment to contribute financially to this project.
“Welcoming also the letter of 4 August 2008 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General (S/2008/523, annex), setting forth the request of the Government of Iraq that the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) continue to assist Iraqi efforts to build a productive and prosperous nation at peace with itself and its neighbours,
“1. Decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for a period of 12 months from the date of this resolution;
“2. Decides further that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNAMI, at the request of the Government of Iraq and taking into account the letter of 4 August 2008 from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General (S/2008/523, annex), shall continue to pursue their expanded mandate as stipulated in resolution 1770 (2007);
“3. Recognizes that the security of UN personnel is essential for UNAMI to carry out its work for the benefit of the people of Iraq and calls upon the Government of Iraq and other Member States to continue to provide security and logistical support to the UN presence in Iraq;
“4. Welcomes the contributions of Member States in providing UNAMI with the financial, logistical and security resources and support that it needs to fulfil its mission and calls upon Member States to continue to provide UNAMI with these resources and support;
“5. Expresses its intention to review the mandate of UNAMI in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Government of Iraq;
“6. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council on a quarterly basis on the progress made towards the fulfilment of all UNAMI’s responsibilities; and
“7. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”
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