New York

10 July 2017

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the recovery of Mosul

The recovery of Mosul is a significant step in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.  

The Secretary-General pays tribute to the people and Government of Iraq for their courage, determination and perseverance. He also expresses his sincere condolences for the loss of lives and wishes speedy recovery to those injured.

The United Nations will stand by the Government of Iraq in the tasks ahead of creating the necessary conditions for the voluntary, safe and dignified return of displaced communities, restoring the rule of law in freed up areas, preventing a return to violence and fostering accountability for all violations committed.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General