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24 Feb 2014

UNAMI - SRSG Mladenov welcomes announcement of a 72-hour halt to military operations around Fallujah

  • Monday, 24 February 2014
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov welcomed the announcement by Iraq’s Defense Ministry of a 72-hour halt to military operations around the city of Fallujah.

“This announcement has raised the possibility of boosting much needed delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of families in critical need of assistance in Fallujah and other parts of Anbar Province”, Mr. Mladenov said, noting that continued fighting, including shelling, often hampers the delivery of goods, food stuff and relief items. "The UN will continue to work with the Government of Iraq, local authorities and the people of Anbar to ensure that emergency aid is delivered to those in need", he added.

The UN Envoy appealed for a swift implementation of the Council of Ministers’ plan to address the security and humanitarian situation in Anbar. 

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