Security Council Press Statement on the Liberation of Mosul

The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by the Iraqi authorities of
the liberation of Mosul, which marks an important milestone in the global effort to defeat the
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) and a significant step in the
battle to rid Iraq from ISIL, and commended Prime Minister al-Abadi, the Iraqi security
forces, and the Iraqi people for the successful effort.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to all
those who have suffered, and to the families of those who have perished in this fight against
ISIL’s barbarity, and urged justice for ISIL’s victims and survivors of its crimes, in Iraq and
across the region. As the Iraqi Security Forces liberate the remaining pockets of ISIL-
controlled territory, the members of the Security Council reiterated that all parties must
comply with their obligations under international law, including, as applicable, human rights
and international humanitarian law, particularly with respect to the protection of the civilian
population.

The members of the Security Council recognized the Government of Iraq’s ongoing
partnership with the United Nations to stabilize liberated areas across Iraq and called on all
Iraqis to continue to work toward this important task, including through redoubled focus on
national reconciliation and the safe and voluntary return or reintegration of the millions
displaced, and urged accountability for all violations and abuses of human rights and
violations of international humanitarian law.

13 July 2017

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