NEW YORK -- With the liberation of Mosul imminent, the international community must maintain a dual focus on defeating the remaining Daesh forces in Iraq, and on working towards post-conflict security and reconstruction, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council today.

"The days of the so-called Daesh caliphate in Iraq are numbered and discussions on how to rebuild the country have begun," Jan Kubis, Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, UNAMI, said in a briefing to the Council, where he announced that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently received the long-awaited submission of the Iraqi Forces Coalition's vision of a national settlement.

The recent "Turkmen Forum", held in Baghdad, served as an inclusive platform for the sharing of reconstruction visions.

Mr. Kubis went on to stress that the imminent defeat of Daesh must also provide an urgent impetus to address the needs of minorities, especially their ability to return to their homes.

The return of all internally displaced persons to all liberated areas must be a top priority, as should tackling increasing incidents of kidnapping and paying sustained attention to upcoming elections in 2017 and 2018.

"National reconciliation can only succeed if it reflects the aspirations of the population, including women and youth," he said, adding that women and the young, who make up more than half of Iraq's population, are key constituencies. With this in mind, he noted that UNAMI has convened seven separate forums across the country in Basra, Erbil, Najaf, Diyala, Sulaymanyah, Kirkuk, and Baghdad, bringing together over 750 young participants from all Iraqi provinces.

Source: Emirates News Agency