Ban Ki-moon “deeply concerned” about increasing violence in Iraq

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The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that he hopes regional leaders and the international community will support the Iraqi Government to bring an end to the violence in the country. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, he said that he is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Iraq and that there is a real risk of further sectarian violence on a massive scale, within Iraq and beyond its borders.

"I have been urging Iraqi Government leaders, including Prime Minister, to reach out for an inclusive dialogue and solution to this issue. I spoke over the phone with Prime Minister Al Maliki and I have been reaching out to the leaders in the region, Turkey, Iran and other areas. I hope that with the strong support of regional countries and international community in a broader sense we will be able to help the Iraqi Government to first of all to restore peace and stability in their country." (39″)

Responding to a question about the possibility of Iraq breaking up into three separate states, the Secretary-General said that there should be one state, where all Iraqi's, be they Sunni, Shia or Kurd, can live together harmoniously, respecting and upholding human rights and the values of the United Nations.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

Duration: 1'28"

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