In paragraph 6 of its resolution 2169 (2014), the Security Council requested that I report every three months on progress made towards fulfilling the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The present report covers key developments related to Iraq, and provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq since the issuance of my second report, dated 2 February 2015 (S/2015/82).
II. Summary of key political developments pertaining to Iraq
A. Internal developments
During the reporting period, the Government of Iraq continued to demonstrate its commitment to the promotion of national reconciliation, including by consolidating national support for the Iraqi security forces, the Peshmerga, the popular mobilization forces and allied tribal and volunteer fighters in their struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Political and religious leaders also led efforts to delegitimize the extremist ideology of ISIL by advocating religious tolerance and non-violence. The Government continued to implement key tenets of its ministerial programme and the national political agreement, including through the approval by the Council of Ministers of constitutionally-mandated legislative and public sector reforms.
Regional and international partners maintained their support for the Government of Iraq in its fight against ISIL, which, along with associated armed groups, remained in control of large swathes of territory in the west and north of the country, where they have continued to inflict civilian casualties, cause massive displacement and perpetrate systematic human rights violations that may amount to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity.