President Barzani Reiterates Support for UNITAD Mission in Iraq

- 15 June 2020

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, June 15, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the United Nations Special Advisor Karim Khan, who heads the U.N. Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), prior to Mr. Khan’s briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Monday about his team’s work and activities in Iraq.

Mr. Khan updated President Barzani on UNITAD’s continued efforts to bring justice to the victims of ISIS atrocities in Iraq, despite security challenges and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Barzani reiterated his support to UNITAD’s mission in Iraq and stated that holding ISIS terrorists accountable for their crimes is also priority of the Kurdistan Region. He said, all those involved in crimes commited against the people of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, including crimes committed against Yezidis, Christians and other religious communities, must face justice.

President Barzani said the success of UNITAD’s mission will send a strong message to those who commit atrocities that they will be held accountable for their actions and justice will be served to the families of the victims.

The President also said that the Kurdistan Region will coordinate with the Council of Representative of Iraq and other relevant authorities in Baghdad and elsewhere to advance UNITAD’s mission, in particular to advance the legal framework to prosecute ISIS perpetrators for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Mr. Khan thanked President Barzani and the Kurdistan Regional Government for their cooperation and coordination with the UNITAD and said he looks forward to continue working with the Kurdistan Region to advance UNITAD’s mission in Iraq.