News: UN raises ceiling on staff levels in Iraq

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The United Nations is increasing its humanitarian presence in Baghdad, raising “the ceiling on the number of international staff allowed to work in Baghdad from 65 to 85”.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The United Nations has raised its limit on the number of international staff it can send to Iraq as it tries to expand its operations there, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile a new report by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon distributed said humanitarian conditions in Iraq had worsened, despite the number of civilian casualties falling in September to the lowest number for the year.

U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Ban had decided to raise the ceiling on the number of international staff allowed to work in Baghdad from 65 to 85, after a Security Council resolution in August urged the world body to boost its role.

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