UN chief urges Iraqis to ensure national reconciliation and prevent violence

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Martin Nesirky

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Iraqis to redouble their efforts to promote national reconciliation and prevent violence in their country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary-General says he has been following with concern the unfolding political and security situation in Iraq, including the escalating political tensions.

Secretary-General Ban is also concerned about what he says is the appalling upsurge of violence that has killed a high number of Iraqi civilians over the last two months.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General underscores the pressing need for dialogue between political blocs in order to overcome the current crisis.

"The Secretary-General welcomes all recent dialogue initiatives including the high-level meeting convened by Sayyed Ammar Al-Hakim, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's visit to the Kurdistan Region. He urges all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the momentum of national reconciliation is not lost to those groups that strive to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq". (23")

Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, including the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), to support and assist the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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