Supporting the move to expand the role of the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Security Council has extended its mission by another year.
In a unanimous resolution, the Council reiterated its support to people and Iraqi Government in their efforts to build a secure, stable, federal, united and democratic nation, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The 15-member Council in its resolution also called on the Iraqi Government and other member states to continue providing security and logistical support to UNAMI, recognising that the security of UN personnel was essential for the Mission to carry out its work.
Briefing the Council earlier this week, Ban's new top envoy to Iraq voiced cautious optimism as the country regains its sovereignty, while warning of potential dangers ahead.
"Although statistics tell the story of a downward trend in the overall level of violence, reality is still tainted by an unacceptably high level of indiscriminate attacks on civilians," Ad Melkert stated, following his first visit to Iraq as the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of UNAMI.
Melkert cited preparations for national elections in 2010 and the issue of ethnically disputed areas, including oil-rich Kirkuk, as two of the most critical priorities currently facing the UNAMI in promoting long-term stability in Iraq.