Thank you for convening this meeting, and thank you SRSG Hennis-Plasschaert for the update.
We also welcome His Excellency the Foreign Minister of Iraq to this meeting, and express our deepest condolences to you, the families of those killed and the people of Iraq.
Norway joins others in strongly condemning the attack in Dohuk governate- which killed and injured civilians.
Intentionally directing attacks against civilians is unacceptable and illegal under international law. All civilians must be protected.
We call for a transparent investigation; and accountability for the attack must be ensured. Stability and security in Iraq and in the region are essential.
We encourage all parties in Iraq, and in the region, to cease the use of violence; help de-escalate the situation; and promote development and security- based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.