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Top UN envoy stays optimistic on Iraq

The Local · 27 Dec 2011, 08:11

Published: 27 Dec 2011 08:11 GMT+01:00

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"The country is facing significant security problems," he said, pointing to a string of attacks since last week that have claimed dozens of lives.

But Kobler does "not expect the outbreak of civil war" although he said there is a policy deadlock in the country, according to an interview published in the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

The UN envoy said he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic about the future of Iraq after the departure of US forces earlier this month, but said, "I am realistic and take the facts into account."

"Iraq now has security forces and they are in a far better state than some years ago," he added. "There will be no break-up of Iraq."

Just days after the last US troops left on December 18, Iraq was shaken by a number of attacks, against the backdrop of a deepening political crisis between the Shia majority and the Sunni minority.

A suicide attack on Monday killed five people and left dozens wounded at the interior ministry in Baghdad.

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Last Thursday a wave of attacks across the capital killed 60 people, and violence in the provinces the same day claimed another seven lives. It was the deadliest day in Iraq since mid-August.


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08:40 December 27, 2011 by raandy
Difficult to believe after reading the latest headlines.
09:19 December 27, 2011 by Sastry.M
Can German diplomacy help pave way to patch up religious sectarian differences in an amicable manner and stabilize Iraq as an independent democratic nation?

It will be of a great service if Germany, as a major European power, can prove herself to integrate and stabilize the new middle east democracies which are implanted with 'divide and rule' policy by her western allies and for which she herself struggled with bitter experiences in the previous centuries.
19:00 December 27, 2011 by Soonerdiver
Regretably neither Germany or any of the "western allies" will be able to stop the deaths in Iraq. There is no logic that will allow two warring religious factions to come together. War, for the sake of religion, has been on-going for centuries and there hasn't been a successful conclusion for anyone. But good luck to Mr. Martin Kobler... I wish him all the best in attempting to "maintain" a status quo in that country.
02:12 December 28, 2011 by Whipmanager
I see a basic problem. Teh Iranian Influence is actually closer to the majority of the populace than to its old ruling class. That is the primary threat to the stability. This week, teh Iranians have offered to have military ties with Iraq. It will probably be accepted and be a slap in the face of the US and what we tried to do there. If the Iranians can control both Iraq's and their own Oil flow, they will have bolstered tehir internation power projection through economic means. THey do not need to send Bombers (which they dont have), or mass armies over the world.

The Turks have proven to be a bit shaken by the turmoil and will also be a problem., They had always been the force of reason but are slipping farther and farther away from teh US and our allies. If they turn radical, we will have more problems.

World war is looming, and the middle east is a powder keg. Germany is not adept, yet, at these levels of power brokering, and as such, must tread lightly. The last time Germany had a competent diplomatic corp was in the 40's.
05:45 December 28, 2011 by Sastry.M
Consequent to Protestant Reformation started by Rev.Martin Luther, the north and south German states were locked up in a 30y war with the south German and Romanesque people favoring the Catholic Church and the north Germanic people including the English fighting for Protestant reforms.

Ultimately the central continental German states were ruined in the sectarian fights. However the opening of new scientific horizons and pioneering spirit engulfing all Europe might have pushed the fragile peace reached between warring parties into the background, as well also the offers of American Wild West.

Yes! It may take a long time to reach an agreement between the Shias and Sunnis of Islamic religion and the peoples' mindset tends to be oriented more towards fatalistic destruction of physical entities rather than fight for God gifted life ,braving the vicissitudes of time and prove the Greatness of Almighty Allah, the benefactor of all humanity with Peace upon Him and graced to short lived human beings..
21:42 December 28, 2011 by Whipmanager
SastryM: OK, so you are muslim and a believer. Are you also a believer in he who is not a believer having peace and being aboe to worship as he pleases, or does he have to die for being a non-believer. For you see, what you say has soem legitimacy. Religions have tried to do away with others in the past. BUt with the knowledge of the present, we have found more ways to tolerate, but, it appears with all of the enlightenment Mankind on the whole has received since the year 0 (AD) that the Muslim Religion has not learned this all important lesson and that is the problem.

You can worship as you wish for me, but I feel a certain danger when I see that the Muslim religion still has a plan to convert all or kill the non-believers. Christianity has dealt with that part in teh New testament and relegated non-GOD believers to a certain hell but does not require Christians to convert or kill the non-christians.

Your allah, or the current Mainstream interpretation of the holy word of Allah, seems to require conversion and or death.
13:03 December 29, 2011 by Sastry.M
@ Whipmanager-#6,


I am a Hindu and a supporter of "Monistic" or "Advaita Philosophy. If you kindly browse the web about this philosophy, you would soon learn that it deals with the most fundamental aspects of human conceptualization and never implores to repose faith and believe in the tenets of any particular Religion in a prescribed mode of conduct.

You may then think that I am a non believer and all the holy comment is nothing but a pretended bluff. On the contrary both Hindus and Muslims live in peaceful coexistence for most of time, and as Hindu I am supposed to accept and uphold righteous conduct preached by any religion, guiding the self free from harmful paths.

As you have correctly asserted,every human being, whether believer or non-believer of any particular religious faith or in the almighty God, the right of self existence free from harm is democratically vested in every living person. However human minds can be easily led astray, being strongly enforced by convictions, usually of erroneous and distorted understanding of truly peaceful tenets into intensely personal righteous concepts, prompting to perverted harmful applications , resulting only in unmerited physical destruction and never allowing the 'self' to realize the ultimate purpose of human existence .
18:39 December 29, 2011 by Whipmanager
Sastry M: WOW, you have impressed me. Often your input raises my blood pressure and I wonder what kind of person you actually are. Your repsonse in this last entry brings a bit more peace in my heart towards you and makes me glad that we do have a forum where we all can try to understand where another person, no matter how far away they are, feels.

I wish you a peaceful New Year and a healthy and happy new 2012.

Actually, I wish everyone the same, why restrict this to Sastry. Often we are at odds in these pages, fighting for the beliefs we hold near and dear to us, we often must step back and realize that possibly there is an intelligent human being on the other end of the internet from us.

HEYHEYHEY: This does not apply to you as I am very sure you are an alien from Pluto and Saturn is constantly passing through Uranus causing you much pain and suffering (one may hope). Ah that you would just see the light and leave the dark side.

Sastry: You and I are not so far from being similar in soem beliefs, that gives me hope that the rest of the world can come to soem sort of agreement and tolerate, if they can't understand, the other side of the argument. Without a dialog, there can be no understanding.

Happy New years to everyone who reads this, and also those that don't, except heyheyhey....
04:54 December 30, 2011 by Sastry.M
@ Whipmanager ,

Thank you for your patience in reading and understanding of my lengthy and often confusing, round about comments. Crowding of thoughts lead to loss of clarity of expression in eagerness. However kindred souls always surmount personal difficulties to seek the oneness of expression to percolate the essence of intent, which I happily acknowledge within the frame of my body as named about.

Once again thanks to your kind recognition and Wish you and your family a peaceful and Happy New Year 2012I

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