BAGHDAD The Stabilization Support Group for Donor Countries held a meeting at the guest house in Baghdad to fill gaps in the restoration of stability in the liberated areas from Daesh terrorist organization.
"The meeting was held with the participation of concerned Iraqi ministries, the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, donor countries and the international coalition countries, as well as a NATO representative," Statement of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Environment, Displaced and Migrants, the Crisis Cell and the Reconstruction Fund for the affected areas reviewed the most important efforts to return the displaced to their homes, restore stability to the liberated areas, rebuild the infrastructure and remove the war debris and mines. About 1.6 million people are still in the camps. Iraq has so far closed 57 camps and 16 remain in Mosul, Anbar and Baghdad.
Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Shimmari of the crisis cell said "The main reasons for not returning are the destruction of houses in whole or in part, and fears of the return of families to their homes for security reasons or because some of their members have been involved in the terrorist organization,".
The international coalition also called for achieving the bulk of the victory over Daesh, but efforts exerted by the government and the Iraqi and international security forces need to be sustained and continued, so as not to dispel them.
Many countries have expressed their readiness to meet their pledges at the Kuwait International Conference, continue financial support to the reconstruction fund or UN programs to support stability, and fill gaps in the many challenges that hinder the process of restoring stability to liberated areas.
The meeting agreed on the need to remove the remnants of war and mines and begin to rehabilitate the infrastructure and help people to rebuild their destroyed homes in order to end the file of the displaced and start the process of real reconstruction of these cities.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency