UN Envoy Welcomes the Iraqi Security Forces Victories in Tikrit

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Baghdad, 1 April 2015 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the recent victories of the Iraqi Security Forces in liberating the town of Tikrit from ISIL and associated armed groups.“It is a victory for all the Iraqi people”, the UN Envoy said, and the United Nations stands ready to assist the provincial and national authorities in responding to the needs of the thousands of displaced”.

“Civilians’ safety and security must be protected in line with fundamental human rights principles and humanitarian law”, he continued, calling on the government to ensure that all Tikrit inhabitants who fled from ISIL can safely return to their homes and that much needed humanitarian assistance is provided without delay.