Cablegate: Voting Instructions: Unami Renewal Resolution

Published: Thu 7 Aug 2008 11:47 PM
DE RUEHC #5110 2202352
O P 072347Z AUG 08
E.O. 12958: N/A
REF: STATE 79841
1. (U) This is an action message. USUN is authorized to
agree to the resolution extending the mandate of the UN
Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for an additional
twelve months. Should the text of the resolution change
prior to adoption, Department requests Post should seek
further Department guidance.
2. (U) Begin resolution text:
Begin text:
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 neighboring 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 those 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 and
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 his expanded role in advising the
Government of Iraq and supporting the Iraqi people 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 Neighbors Conference 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 fulfill
its commitment to contribute financially to this project,
Welcoming also the letter of 4 August 2008 from the
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the
Secretary-General (S/2008/45022, 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 neighbors,
1. Decides to extend the mandate of the United Nations
Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for a period of twelve
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/2008/45022, annex), shall
continue to pursue their expanded mandate as stipulated in
resolution 1770 (2007);
3. Recognizes that 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 fulfill
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 twelve 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
fulfillment of all UNAMI's responsibilities; and
7. Decides to remain seized of the matter.
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