We have been asked this morning about the situation in and around Kirkuk. And I can tell you that of course the Secretary General is following very closely developments in Kirkuk Governorate. He appeals to the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to take coordinated steps to prevent and avoid further clashes, escalation, or breakdown of law and order. He calls on the parties to jointly manage the situation and resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution of Iraq.
Our humanitarian colleagues in Iraq tell us that military movements in northern Iraq have displaced of thousands of families from Kirkuk since yesterday evening. The exact number of people who have been displaced is still being confirmed.
So far, two civilians have also been caught in crossfire at a displacement camp in Kirkuk Governorate.
Aid workers are mobilising and stressing the need for access to all those in need of help. They are also calling on the parties to ensure that civilians are protected and can leave the area if they choose to do so.
New York, 16 October 2017