Baghdad, 7 December 2009 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG) Ad Melkert congratulates the members of the Council of Representatives (CoR) on finalizing the Election Law that is broadly based and inclusive. Mr. Melkert said that, “During the past few weeks the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has worked intently and diligently with CoR members representing all political parties and entities to facilitate a process leading to a broad agreement”. He added, “Although the debate appeared intense at times it was always conducted with dignity and focused on Iraq’s democratic and political progress”.
Mr. Melkert said that UNAMI has advised all parties that by finalizing the Election Law by Sunday, 6 December, makes holding the elections on Saturday, 27 February, feasible. The United Nations stands ready to ensure that all support is provided to IHEC to meet such a goal.