Finland has decided to grant an additional ten million euros in financial support to Iraq.
The support will be spread over a several-year period and will be used to re-build areas re-captured from the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist organisation also known as Isis, Isil and Daesh, to distribute humanitarian aid and to clear mines, indicates a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
“Post-conflict stabilisation is now needed in the areas re-captured from Isil in Iraq,” Kai Mykkänen (NCP), the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, says in the press release. “Support is necessary on several tracks: immediate humanitarian assistance, clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance, and short and medium-term projects to restore the critical infrastructure.”
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The financial support, he adds, was granted in order to offer returning Iraqis the opportunity to have a future in their home country. “The spiral of acrimony and violence must be broken,” states Mykkänen.
The Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) estimated in May that the security situation in Iraq has improved to the extent that it is possible for asylum seekers to return to the country without being exposed to a threat to their life or well-being.
Finland has also held negotiations with Iraq over the forced returns of unsuccessful asylum seekers. The effectiveness of forced returns, however, has been called into question by for example Timo Soini (PS), the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi