NB_Shandi-UN-3-3-2020

Kurdistan Region President meets with UN delegation

President Nechirvan Barzani receives the UNSG Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and Special Adviser and Head of UNITAD Karim Khan

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, March 3, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by ISIS/Da’esh (UNITAD) Karim Khan.

In the meeting, also attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Qubad Talabani and a number of Kurdistan Region officials, President Nechirvan Barzani reiterated Kurdistan Region’s support and readiness to cooperate with the United Nations in investigating the crimes committed by ISIS terror group against the peoples of Iraq in general, especially Yezidi and Christian citizens.

President Barzani talked about the crimes committed by ISIS and their effects on the victims, shed light on the situation of the internally displaced and reasons why they can’t go back to their home areas and emphasized that the Kurdistan Region strongly supports the rights of all the components of the Kurdistan Region regardless of their ethnic and religious backgrounds and will highlight these rights in its new constitution.

Mr. Dieng, briefed the President on his joint visit with Mr. Khan to Kurdistan Region and Iraq, including their visits to areas that were once under ISIS control, meeting with survived victims and their families, efforts to collect evidence of war crimes committed by ISIS and means to bring those responsible to justice.

The UN delegation appreciated the Kurdistan Region for welcoming and helping the displaced people, victims of war and for the support extended to the international team investigating ISIS war crimes.

The two sides also discussed means of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region and the United Nations, the atmosphere of peaceful coexistence among all ethnic and religious groups in the Kurdistan Region, the process and legal aspects of documenting the crimes committed by ISIS terrorists against all the peoples of Iraq and benefiting from the experiences of other countries in this regard.

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