Search

 

Cablegate: Tfiz01: Un and Icrc On Humanitarian Situation

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ANKARA 001907

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR PRM/ANE, EUR/SE AND NEA/NGA
DEPT PASS USAID FOR BHA/OFDA - WGARVELINK AND BHA/FFP
EUCOM FOR JE, JR, J5, SOJ7 AND POLAD
GENEVA FOR RMA
CENTCOM FOR J3, J5 AND POLAD


SENSITIVE


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID MOPS PREF IZ TU
SUBJECT: TFIZ01: UN AND ICRC ON HUMANITARIAN SITUATION
IN NORTHERN IRAQ


1. (U) Over the weekend, Reuters, citing UN and ICRC
sources, reported that up to 500,000 persons have been
displaced in northern Iraq. UN representatives in Ankara
provided lower estimates of displacement. Thus far, there
has been no significant movement of DPs to the Turkish
border.


2. (SBU) Andre LaPerriere, UNICEF's Northern Iraq Field
Representative, summarizing information provided by UN OPS
and UNICEF, provided an estimate of 280,000 persons
displaced within northern Iraq. There is DP movement from
9 cities to 14 others in the region, with large movements
to and from Sulaymaniyah. LaPerriere said the majority of
these DPs had found shelter. There has also been a
significant number of DPs returning to their homes when
they perceive the situation to be stable. He stated that
there has been movement from central Iraq (including Mosul
and Kirkuk), but had no estimate of the number of these
DPs. UNHCR's Deputy Turkey Representative Steven Corliss
and Claire Van der Vaeren, UNDP Deputy Representative,
confirmed the information given by LaPerriere. They also
said that there was no movement toward the Turkish border.
Van der Vaeren noted fuel shortages in northern Iraq.


3. (SBU) ICRC Representative Finn Ruda confirmed that
Sulaymaniyah had seen relatively large DP movements, but
also an "accordion"-like movement of persons away from and
back to their homes as their perceived security changes.
ICRC believes there are well under 500,000 DPs in all of
Iraq.


4. (SBU) A Mercy Corps International representative in
Sulaymaniyah told us that the pattern of displaced persons
returning to their homes is not taking place in Dahuk.
This may be due to the town's proximity to Mosul.
Pearson

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>