Security Council extends mandate of UN mission for Iraq

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, or UNAMI, until May 31, 2020.

The 15-nation UN council called on the international community to remain strongly committed to providing support to Iraq for its humanitarian, stabilization, reconstruction, and development efforts.

The resolution decides that the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and UNAMI, at the request of the Government of Iraq, shall prioritize the provision of advice, support, and assistance to the government and people of Iraq on advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national and community-level reconciliation.

According to the text, UNAMI shall further advise, support, and assist the government of Iraq and the Independent High Electoral Commission on the development of processes for holding elections and referenda.

UNAMI is a political mission established in 2003 by the Security Council at the request of the government of Iraq.