Iraqi leaders are urged to address the terrorist threat of ISIL

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Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Leaders in Iraq have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to come together to address the terrorist threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL.

The group has taken over a number of major cities in Iraq, including Mosul the second largest city in the country.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov went to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to attend a session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq says Mr Mladenov delivered a message on behalf of the Secretary-General.

"In that message, the Secretary-General says that the situation increases sectarian tensions in the region and it is imperative that acts of reprisal be avoided. The Secretary-General called on Iraq's leaders to come together and agree on a set of inclusive political initiatives as well as a national security plan to address the terrorist threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. He stressed that the plan must be based on the observance of human rights standards and international humanitarian law." (24")

After the meeting, Mr Mladenov will return to Baghdad where he remains in close contact with all political leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and Prime Minister Nichervan Barazani of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The top UN envoy continues to call for unity and national dialogue among all political and religious leaders in Iraq.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’34″

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