UN ‘remains fully committed’ to Iraq: Secretary-General Guterres

Flags of U.N. and EU are seen at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2018. (Shutterstock Photo)

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SULAIMANI — A day after Iraqi voters went to the polls for parliamentary elections, the United Nations said on Monday (October 11) that its support for Iraqi democracy will continue.

The United Nations Assistance Mission of Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement that it was "pleased to note that the elections proceeded smoothly and featured significant technical and procedural improvements,” but expressed disappointment at the low turnout.

"The United Nations stood by all Iraqis, in advance of and on election day,” it said, declaring that that support and solidarity will continue.

"As we have repeatedly emphasized, elections are not an objective in and of themselves. They are a means to an end and that end is improved governance. The Iraqi people deserve nothing less. Time is of the essence.”

In a separate statement, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged all the Iraqi stakeholders to be patient during government formation, saying that the UN, it also said "remains fully committed to supporting the Government and people of Iraq.”

(NRT Digital Media)