3 September 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq has met with senior Government figures, lawmakers and other UN officials during a two-day visit to the northern region of Kurdistan aimed at boosting the world body’s engagement in the region. Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), held productive meetings with a range of officials, according to a press release issued by the mission. They included President Massoud Barzani; Barham Salih, the Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister; Kamal Karkouki, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Iraqi Parliament; other senior officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes that provide support in the region. In July the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held regional, parliamentary and presidential elections, recording a high and peaceful voter turnout.
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