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Iraq: DSRSG, de Mistura, welcomes Dr Zebari as a new focal point between the UN and the KRG

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Amman, July 21, 2005 - Dr. Dindar Zebari, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator to the United Nations, will act as the focal point between the United Nations and the KRG. Dr Zebari met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, to discuss future UN activities in Northern Iraq.

The DSRSG was pleased and welcomed this initiative as progressive and the best way to systemize the new relationship between the UN and Kurdish authorities as well as help coordinate UN programme implementation in the Kurdish region. They also agreed that Dr. Zebari will help formulate two pilot programmes in collaboration with the KRG Government in order to make sure the UN addresses the key priorities of the people of Kurdistan.

For further information, please call UNAMI Information Office at: +962 777 619 739; or contact: elbasri@un.org; or visit UNAMI's website: www.unirq.org