UN Chief "gravely concerned" by Iraq violence

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said he is "gravely concerned" by the serious deterioration of the security situation in Mosul in Iraq.

Thousands of civilians have been displaced in the recent violence in the city in the north of the country.

He also condemned terrorist attacks in Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din provinces that have killed and wounded scores of civilians over the past several days.

The UN chief's Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary-General urges all political leaders to show national unity against the threats facing Iraq, which can only be addressed on the basis of the Constitution and within the democratic political process. He encourages the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government to cooperate in restoring security to Ninewa Province and in delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) stands ready to support these efforts."

UNAMI continues to support the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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